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Summary at a friend's page. As he puts it Livejournal is secretly, and deliberately, changing certain outbound links that you post.

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Date: 2010-03-04 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidelong.livejournal.com
That's totally devious and underhanded. I don't quite understand how LJ is making money off this, although I understand that they are.

Can you explain this better?

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Date: 2010-03-04 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gchpaco.livejournal.com
The idea, as I understand it, is this; you post a link to a product on Amazon with your affiliate link, so you get $$ when people click through. LJ silently rewrites this to use their affiliate link instead. Ditto for a bunch of other things. Because it's so hamhanded (anything ending with ebay.com, for example, gets redirected) it's been picked up on relatively early.

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Date: 2010-03-04 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidelong.livejournal.com
Aha. So this also could become an intellectual property issue--if they can claim proprietary interest in the links in your posts, why not the other contents as well?

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Date: 2010-03-05 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gchpaco.livejournal.com
Most outfits of this type used to (I dunno if they still do) claimed in their terms-of-service the right to fold, spindle, mutilate, delete, lose, find, burn or otherwise mangle any content you put into them. I doubt LJ was any exception.

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