Battle Over Stolen Goods Sold Online Goes to Washington

Does the freedom of selling on the Web lure otherwise law-abiding citizens into an addictive world of organized Internet crime?That’s the somewhat overheated assertion being made to support three bills now under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security. The subcommittee is hearing testimony Monday afternoon on HR 6713, also known as the “E-fencing Enforcement Act of 2008,” and two similar bills, S 3434 and HR 6491. Bills Take Aim at Online Sale of Stolen Goods [IDG]
Three bills focusing on the sale of stolen goods online would impose new obligations on Web auction sites while not putting enough responsibility on brick-and-mortar stores to protect themselves against shoplifting, two e-commerce representatives said Monday.The National Retail Federation (NRF), in pushing for the legislation, is trying to blame the Internet for shoplifting, when the problem existed before the Internet, said Steve DelBianco, executive director for NetChoice, an e-commerce trade group.

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