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[FYI] Chipmakers publish Net regulation white paper
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Chipmakers publish Net regulation white paper
By Martyn Williams
A GROUP OF associations representing the world's top semiconductor
makers have called on world governments to ensure any policies and
regulations in the Internet arena promote competition and are not used
as excuses to further the governments' regulatory hand.
Chief among its recommendations is that the current WTO (World Trade
Organization) moratorium on e-commerce duties be made permanent. Any
taxes that are applied to e-commerce transactions should not treat
online sales any less favorably than real-world transactions, no
e-commerce-specific taxes should be introduced, and tax regimes should
be clear and simple.
The group also recommended that efforts to control encryption products
take into account the availability of such products on the world
market and said it was "imperative that governments do not impose
restrictions in the name of national security that actually serve to
discourage or restrict the flow of information and, ultimately,
interfere with trade."
Among other areas touched upon by the document, the group cautioned
against the introduction of online piracy laws that are any more
stringent than existing offline laws, called on governments to work
with the industry in development of e-signature systems, and asked
that governments work to ensure current World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) and WTO efforts to give intellectual property
protection to electronic transmissions are successful.
A copy of the WSC Internet Policy White Paper can be found at