iTunes? Netflix? Nixed.
I just got an email from Amazon.com's Legal Department (via Amazon's Webservices Team) - which while not an actual "Cease and Desist" message, is just one step short of that. I have been asked politely to remove all external links from Amazon Light 4.0 to both Netflix
, and I have just finished doing so.
For those who may not familiar with this, Amazon Light 4
has a number of tools (essentially bridges) to external sites, including GMail, Blogger, Libraries and del.icio.us. Up until today, Amazon Light 4's DVD listings had an external link to Netflix, and Music listings had an external link to the artist on iTunes. While these were cited frequently as some of the more useful tools (and were ones that I myself actually used regularly), it seems they run afoul of their Licensing Agreement
The specific violation occurs in section C "Linking and Diversion... 2) You may not link any of the Amazon Properties presented on or within your Application (a) to any commercial page of a website other than the Amazon Website, or (b) in conjunction with any Amazon Property, direct traffic to any commercial page of a website other than the Amazon Website"
So, yes, my links do seem to clearly violate that rule, so I took 'em down. The strange thing is, I don't recall seeing any such restrictions while working on many previous applications. I will admit to not being a close reader of the licensing agreement, so I may have missed it all along, but I definitely recall an encouraged spirit of "as long as amazon gets top or equal billing", that everything else was kosher.
their data and they have every right to choose to do with it what they wish, but in my opinion, it's an unnecessary restriction, removing some useful features and possibly chilling interest in creating new applications built on AWS
(I always figured my first legal challenge to AL4 would come from one of the linked sites, not Amazon itself. C'est la vie.)
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