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    Re: Buy This Book
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Friday June 14 2002, @06:21AM (#7176)
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    This has nothing to do with the book itself, which I really look forward to reading, but about Amazon.com. Does the Amazon link contain an affiliate code so that ICANNWatch or Milton or someone gets the 5 to 15% referral fee? I haven't created any such links recently and Amazon often changes their URL affil code so I can't be sure just from looking at it. I ask because:

    1. Whether one uses an affiliate link or a straight link, the price of the book to the purchaser is the same. The difference is that Amazon makes 5 to 15% less on the purchase (which they presumably consider money well spent as they have done this for most of their existence, in fact they were granted a controversial patent on it), and the affiliate referrer receives that money instead.

    2. For anyone following such an affiliate referral link who then continues to browse Amazon and purchases lawn furniture or whatever Amazon is selling these days, the affiliate referrer also receives 5 to 15% of the sale price of those subsequent purchases, again at no additional cost to the purchaser.

    3. Because there is no additional cost to the purchaser I see nothing wrong with ICANNWatch doing this to help fund its operational costs, or to help defray the cost of adding additional features. In fact I'd suggest an additional sidebar (hey, congrats on being named Political Site of the Day) to the right or left on the home page linking to relevant books such as Ruling the Root, Ellen Rony's Domain Name Handbook (which remains very relevant), and other books I, and no doubt others, could suggest. Along those lines, perhaps a PayPal link could be prominently provided for those who appreciate ICANNWatch and would like to make a donation to support its operations.

    4. If ICANNWatch already has an Amazon affiliate relationship, or if/when it gets one, I'd appreciate the proper URL code being displayed somewhere as I've linked from here to Amazon in the past and may again in future and would prefer to use an affil link that benefits ICANNWatch. I hasten to add that my previous links to Amazon were straight links, I didn't use my own affil codes.

    And I found this strange, under More Buying Choices in the Amazon upper right sidebar for Ruling the Root, one is given the option of:

    3 new: from $29.99
    1 used: from $32.62

    Is the used one autographed by the author to justify its increased price? :) -g

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    Re: Buy This Book
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday June 14 2002, @07:23AM (#7179)
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    It's a great suggestion, but we don't even have a bank account. ICANNWatch is an unincorporated volunteer association. Would it be taxable revenue for whoever took in the cash? Not that we couldn't use the money to fund the site...
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    Re: Buy This Book
    by hofjes on Friday June 14 2002, @04:14PM (#7187)
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    I purchased my copy from the link at Bret Fausset's site.

    I hope he gets a commission from Amazon.
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    Amazon Affiliates
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Tuesday June 18 2002, @08:39PM (#7260)
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    A bit of trivia here. Just to show that affiliate programs aren't completely offtopic for ICANNWatch, it was author Jeanette Winterson's WIPO case that took the protection of personal names without a registered trademark to a new level.

    Winterson first brought the case (and otherwise made it a cause célèbre in the UK) under the mistaken understanding that the affiliate commission that Amazon would have paid the original registrant for selling one of her books would have cut into the amount she would receive from Amazon for the sale of one of her books. She was quoted at the time as saying she wouldn't have cared about the domain name except that it was costing her money. Well, it wasn't. So from that mistake we get the quasi pseudo ersatz case law that one Peter Frampton trumps another. -g

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    • More trivia by fnord Wednesday June 19 2002, @04:58AM
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