Letter: Over 40 Coalition Partners Support Internet Access Tax Ban in Customs
A bipartisan coalition letter signed by more than 40 organizations was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The letter was in strong support of the permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) in H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. The letter described the internet as a necessity of modern life that must remain tax free in order for the economy to flourish.
Americans for Tax Reform is one of the over 40 organizations that signed the letter. In the past ATR President Grover Norquist has shown his support for keeping the internet tax free. Norquist stated in his own letter to the Senate “making the ban on Internet Access Taxes Permanent is a tremendous victory for all taxpayers. Thank you for including the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (ITFFA) in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.”
Digital Liberty Executive Director Katie McAuliffe has also previously released statements on the importance of keeping the internet tax free. McAuliffe stated, “legislators have actually held hostage a vote on the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act. This legislation would make the current Internet Tax Moratorium permanent, ending any possibility of states taxing Internet access, and ensure that there are no discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. But the powerful interests have blocked the bill unless and until some kind of online sales tax is attached to it.”
Hopefully the letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will show the strong bipartisan support for this issue. To show your support for keeping the internet tax free click here.
Invalid Traffic, Infringed Content, and Malvertising, Oh My!
A new report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Ernest & Young (EY) suggests that content infringement, false traffic, and malware costs the U.S. media, marketing, and advertising industry upwards of $8.2 billion every year.
The Independent EY study, “What Is an Untrustworthy Supply Chain Costing the Digital Advertising Industry?” was commissioned by IAB this year to carry out a comprehensive report on revenue lost in the U.S. due to this deceitful digital advertising. According to IAB, the research shows that, “more than half the money wasted in the digital advertising ecosystem derives from ‘non-human traffic’ – fake advertising impressions that are neither generated by real advertisers nor received by actual consumers.”
The Copyright Office and the Digital Age
Established in 1897, the United States Copyright Office was created as part of the Library of Congress in an effort to build upon their collection of published works. But with the sheer magnitude of published and copyright material that exists today, the Copyright office is surely in need of a systematic overhaul.
A Beginner’s Guide to Reducing Your Internet Footprint: Part 2 – Online Communication
Popular proprietary programs, such as Skype, often have dangerous back doors that government agencies can access to spy on everything you say. There are several programs that provide an alternative to the mainstream, insecure programs. I recommend using Retroshare, or Tox for encrypted communication between you and anybody you want to IM with or use video/audio chat with due to their relative ease in setting up, and their security in use.
New Report Reveals Wireless Tax Increase
A new report published by the Tax Foundation and Scott Mackey reveals the wireless tax has increased another percent in the last year. At 18 percent, the tax has reached an all-time high and is nearly two and a half times greater than the general sales.
“To Promote the Progress of Science and the Useful Arts” on the Internet
“The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property” coauthored by Randolph J. May and Seth Cooper could not have been published at a more critical time. As May and Cooper allude to in their introduction, the coming of the digital age has ushered in the potential for unprecedented disregard for intellectual property. Anti-IP crusaders are fortifying themselves behind their battering ram slogan “information wants to free,” as they seek to shatter one of the most important pillars of US society.