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Hijacking affiliate links 
4th-Mar-2010 02:32 pm - Hijacking affiliate links
Skittish Eclipse
I've been given a heads up that has done some excellent sleuthing and investigation into hijacked LJ affiliate links:

What is LJ doing to my links?
What is LJ doing to my links? Part 2
What is LJ doing to my links? Part 3

Expect this post to be update through the day as I find out more and come up with a good summary.

ETA: No good summary, but I feel like I should say code got taken down, etc etc, business as usual.
5th-Mar-2010 01:56 am (UTC)
So, hang on. It was supposed to take a link with no affiliate info, and add LiveJournal's? For what purpose? If I were to post a link to some Amazon item or something (I do not have affiliation set up, so it would be a "naked" link), and someone clicked on the link and bought the item, LJ would have gotten affiliate credit??
5th-Mar-2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Well, er, for the purpose of making LJ money.
5th-Mar-2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Sorry, I should have specified: for what legitimate, above-board purpose. :P

Stepping in and snatching affiliate credit just because there wasn't any there already is Not Okay. Yarr.
5th-Mar-2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, it is okay. It's their site. You read the rules when you signed on.

If you want to make all the money, host your own site. They've got servers and employees to pay for.
5th-Mar-2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
yeah technically when you signed up with lj you not only agreed not to make any money off lj, but you also agreed that they could harf your content for their own profits. if you want to run an ad-free blog where you don't make anyone else money, you are welcome to run the lj code yourself, it's open source.
5th-Mar-2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
...well, run one of a gazillian blog packages designed to host a blog rather than a social blog network anyway that actually have documentation and ease of use in mind. Running the LJ code oneself for such a task amounts to masochism.
5th-Mar-2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Um... well, besides the fact that I am a paid user (twice, although from LJ's perspective that may as well be two separate people) and therefore there should not be anything on my journal which, if clicked, would give a kickback to LJ (this functions like a banner ad in that respect)... while I understand that I gave them permission to display/use my content, I don't see that I gave them permission to change any of it without my knowledge or consent.
6th-Mar-2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Turns out that it's a violation of Amazon's TOS for LJ to rewrite links in this way. Hang 'em high.
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