Internet taxation laws have been debated in courtrooms across the U.S. for the past several years, with the fortunes of singlepage websites and multibillion-dollar enterprises hanging in the balance.

In what is considered to be a landmark case, the North Carolina Department of Revenue had requested that e-commerce giant Amazon reveal sensitive customer data to help the state collect back taxes from online transactions. The motion was recently denied because of basic First Amendment rights, delivering a significant blow to North Carolina’s plan to use the tax money to lower its considerable budget deficit. The decision represents a victory for the commercial Web as well as for the U.S. Constitution, but similar cases are being decided in New York, Texas, Colorado and several other states.

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