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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.
6th-Mar-2010 05:00 am (UTC)
"Included by not limited to" is necessarily that important in this situation. To me, the important words are "commercial activities." You seem to think that it's clear and obvious that anyone would agree that supplying affiliate links is "commercial activity." I'm not so sure that's the case. Even if it were, if you give me an hour, I cam come back to you with easily a thousand pages of cases where a court found that what the drafter of a contract found to be clear and obvious wasn't.

I'm not arguing that the people who lost money due to this should be reimbursed. I'm not saying that LJ was legally prevented from doing this. I'm sure their TOS easily cover doing this, making extra revenue from users who use their site clicking links that were hosted on their site and provided by other uses of the site.

I think it was a really stupid idea, though. I was personally on the fence about paying for a second LJ account or giving the money to another service. Care to guess which way I'm strongly leaning now?
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