When I recovered, I had to respond.
A person who is an Amazon Associate was seeking verification that she could NOT take customer reviews from the Amazon site and use them on her own website in an attempt to generate sales of that product on her own site, so she could profit from the sale. She said she thought this was not allowed by Amazon in their rules and was complaining about it and seeking verification from other Amazon Associates. She had an idea to basically steal (plagarize) the copyrighted customer reviews to use them for her own profit-making.
Shame on her.
As I said I was speechless at first.
I began writing customer reviews for Amazon in 1999, for fun and to help others. I get no pay from the reviews that I write on Amazon. The idea that someone could or would lift my writing, my review, for their own profit making really irked me.
Here is the reply that I posted to her query, with edits for it to make sense for you to read, since you didn’t see the original question and the other replies.
As (another person) said you can't use the reviews (on your website). This is because customer reviews are copyrighted by Amazon and even the reviewer cannot use them. I find this interesting as I started writing customer reviews for Amazon in 1999 and am a top 500 reviewer. That was fun for me; I get no income from that. However it is interesting to me now that I have a blog that I can't post the same review on my own blog that I already posted to Amazon due to their copyright holding status and their rules (which has nothing to do with the Associates rules). So if you are unhappy with the idea of not posting OTHER people's reviews to your site think about those of use who spent time writing FREE reviews for Amazon and now we can't publish them on our own site!!
Now that blogging is my main online hobby I write less customer reviews for Amazon. What I do now is write a review for my blog and publish it and then edit it and pare it down and then sometimes post that version to Amazon. Technically those are then two different reviews and I still hold the copyright on the version posted to my blog.
My main reason for writing Amazon reviews in the first place was to help to other customers. I was grateful for the fact that other customers had written reviews which were helpful to me. Often customer reviews tell more information than Amazon supplies, information which helps me decide to either buy it or not buy it. I also thought it was fun and liked the writing practice.
At this point in time I am more interested in earning income, so am blogging and am now an Amazon Associate!
(With the Amazon Associates program, if anyone buys a product through a link on my blog, I earn a small commission on the product. If you use the general search box at the top of my left sidebar I get a very small percentage. If you make a purchase from one of those boxes with the graphic image of the book (or item) then I get a higher commission.)
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