Marketplace Fairness Act Looms

With the 2014 holiday shopping season about to grind down to the home stretch, the sales figures are already rolling in. And once again, online transactions have maintained their brisk and healthy growth from years past. Cyber Monday chalked up record sales, rising a reported 17 percent from 2012 according to USA Today. Cyber Monday,…

Durbin Double Down

In this installment of the Official Merchant Services Blog, we look at the actions several retail trade groups and merchant advocates have taken to further the fight against the antitrust settlement proposed by Visa and MasterCard.  We have touched upon this subject several times before, however these steps may have been the most drastic yet.…

SOPA: Rebuttal of RIAA Opinion Pt. 2

This is part 2 of The Official Merchant Services Blog‘s rebuttal of this New York Times Op-Ed piece titled “What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You” written by Cary H. Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents music labels. The Real Slim Shady Mr. Sherman in his article goes on to accuse Wikipedia of spreading misinformation. He…

SOPA: Rebuttal of RIAA Opinion Pt. 1

The RIAA just won’t quit. They’re taken up the crusade to push for anti-piracy legislation once again, as seen in this New York Times Op-Ed piece titled “What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You” written by Cary H. Sherman,chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents music labels. The content of the piece is incendiary, and…