Amazon Closes CA Affiliate Program

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Amazon Might Stop Affiliate Program in California

For those of you who run websites and uses Amazon's affiliate program to monetize your writing, this is of interest.

Got this email from Amazon today. Here's a excerpt, highlighting by me:

For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. …

So, which law is this? And who's behind it? Here's some article about it.

Mercury News has the best detail:

Key summary:

I haven't looked into what happened to other states that passed this law.

So what do i think? I don't really know. The laws and society is so complex today. I just know that this means pain for me. I'll lose about $20/month that i make from Amazon's affiliate program. LOL.

Update: the governor Brown has signed into law the bill. Email from Amazon:

Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

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