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April 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

eBay Urges Users to Fight Online Sales Tax

Marketplace Fairness Act pushes on, will be brought to Senate floor.

eBay is asking its users to tell Congress they don’t want an online sales tax. In a letter sent to users on Sunday, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe encourages customers to join the marketplace in telling Congress “No” to the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would force some online merchants to collect and pay sales tax on the items they sell. Read More

March 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Supreme Court Sides with eBay Seller in Copyright Case

Justices say first sale doctrine applies to items made abroad.

Online sellers in the U.S. can buy copyrighted materials abroad, import them and resell them in the States without getting the permission of the copyright owner. That’s the ruling the U.S. Supreme Court handed down on Tuesday in a copyright case involving an eBay seller who sold textbooks purchased in Thailand and the publisher of a few of those works, John Wiley. Read More

February 20, 2013 · 10 Comments

Online Sales Tax Issue Back in Spotlight

Bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act reintroduced in Congress.

The online sales tax issue took center stage again on Thursday as new legislation that would require online sellers and out-of-state merchants to collect sales tax from buyers was reintroduced in Congress. The Marketplace Fairness Act, introduced by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), would give states the authority to require online merchants and out-of-state retailers to collect sales and use tax when buyers make purchases from them. Read More

December 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Amazon to Collect Online Sales Tax in Massachusetts

Change takes effect Nov. 1, 2013.

Amazon.com will begin collecting online sales tax from Massachusetts residents next year. Officials made the announcement today, noting that the retail giant will start collecting Massachusetts’ 6.25-percent sales tax from residents on Nov.1. The deal is expected to bring in revenue “in the lower tens of millions of dollars,” according to The Associated Press. Read More

December 4, 2012 · 3 Comments

eBay Textbook Copyright Case May Impact Online Sellers

U.S. copyright's first sale doctrine questioned for imported goods.

A copyright case that’s before the U.S. Supreme Court could have a big impact on online sellers and several others who import items made abroad. Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons involves an eBay seller, Supap Kirtsaeng, who sold authentic textbooks on eBay to help pay for his graduate-school tuition at the University of Southern California. Read More

November 7, 2012 · No comments

Plan to Hire an Assistant? Know the Employment Laws

Experts discuss the legal considerations of becoming an employer.

You may find that when your online business reaches a certain size, you can’t handle all the aspects of your operation—shipping, creating listings, packing, sourcing, etc.—on your own. You need help, so you decide to hire an assistant. You get the word out that you’re looking for help, you meet with applicants and you hire the right person. Read More

October 30, 2012 · No comments

Supreme Court Hears Textbook Resale Case

Ruling expected by June, could impact many online sellers.

Can someone buy an item overseas, import it and resell it without getting permission from the copyright owner? That’s the question the Supreme Court pondered on Monday as it heard arguments for and against the matter of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. Read More

October 9, 2012 · No comments

Etsy Seller Defends Copyright vs. Lindex

Social media campaign gets Swedish retailer's attention, brings possible settlement.

When an Etsy seller learned that a large retailer was selling products that looked an awful lot like her own handmade designs, she decided to fight for her copyright—and won. Savannah Carroll, whose Etsy shop Sleepy King features her woodland creature designs on plush toys, embroidered art and accessories, learned of the infringement from a fan in Norway. Read More

October 9, 2012 · No comments

Internet Sales Tax Laws Called ‘Awful’

Watchdog group says officials should simplify tax laws, not burden businesses.

Internet sales tax laws are the most “awful,” according to an e-commerce advocacy group. NetChoice, a coalition of e-commerce businesses and online consumers, put Internet sales tax laws at the top of its Fall 2012 iAWFUL, or Internet advocates’ watchlist for ugly laws. Read More

September 27, 2012 · No comments

eBay Unresponsive to VeRO Infringement Claims

Hello Online Seller, I am an eBay member and a VeRO member, and have a VeRO account and intellectual property designs. In 2011, I had no problems getting the VeRO team to take down listings that infringed on my intellectual property. Read More



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