Internet Continues To Break Down Local Protectionist Laws
from the license-for-what-now? dept
Over the past few years, it's been clear that services provided over the internet have been putting a lot of pressure on local businesses who often hide behind local protectionist laws. Luckily, many have started to realize that such protectionist laws don't do much good for consumers. Court rulings have tackled local protectionist laws on things like wine and contact lenses, but there are other issues starting to show up lately as well. For example, eBay has been going around fighting laws that could require local eBay users to get an auctioneer's license. Now there's another example, with an online home-buying site suing the state of New Hampshire over whether or not it needs to become a registered broker in the state. Of course, the state hasn't acted against the site yet, so it may just be something of a publicity stunt. However, it does highlight some of the issues with many of these local licensing laws that are much more about keeping out competitors rather than consumer safety.