Re: [IUG] Amazon Images
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We've been following this thread with interest.
There are 2 sections of the Amazon Web Services™ Customer Agreement
updated June 22, 2007, that are of particular concern to us and that we
think reinforces the original posting on this thread regarding the
answer from Amazon.
5.1.3. You are not permitted to use Amazon ECS (E-Commerce Service) with
any Application or for any use that does not have, as its principal
purpose, driving traffic to the Amazon Website and driving sales of
products and services on the Amazon Website.
5.1.6. Your use of the Amazon Properties must be strictly limited to
promoting the availability of products and services on the Amazon
Website, and you must link each use of the Amazon Properties to the
related product detail page of the Amazon Website.
The older AWS agreement we read (Oct 2006) doesn't appear to have these
statements, at least not in this form. We would prefer not to link to
Amazon from each image, but it now appears that this is required. Also,
I think it would be hard to argue that the principal purpose of our
library catalog is driving traffic to the Amazon Website.
Another question we have is, has anyone who has used Amazon to link to
images ran into the problem addressed in this section of the AWS
5.1.18. You may make network calls or requests to Amazon ECS at any time
that Amazon ECS is available, provided that you (or if you build and
release an Application, each copy of your Application installed by a
third-party end-user of your Application) may not exceed one (1) call
per second or send files greater than 40K.
We think that with 12 or 50 images per results page, it would be hard
not to run into this problem.
Paige Eaton Davis
Asst. User Services Librarian
Minuteman Library Network
peatondavis at minlib dot net
Bob Duncan wrote:
At 03:56 PM 07/20/2007, Carol wrote:
. . .
Our online catalog queries Amazon based on isbn number. If there is a
book jacket image, our catalog displays the image in the index list
of items as well as on each individual item's bibliographic record.
If this is not a permissible use of amazon.com, please let me know asap.
Here's the reply I received:
Dear Ms. Watson,
Unfortunately we are unable to grant permissions to use images of
products featured on our site. Images incorporated in our site may
belong to others, and Amazon makes no representations or warranties
regarding your right to use those images. Please seek permissions from
the publishers of the books you are interested in.
Amazon.com is only eligible to grant you rights to its own copyrighted
and trademarked material (i.e., our logos, etc...). Thank you for
thinking of Amazon.com.
I'm not a lawyer (and ever time I say that someone who is usually
jumps in...which is always welcome), but Amazon never really says that
you can't use the images in your WebPAC; they just say that they can't
grant you permission to use the images...which I think makes sense
because the images do not belong to them, hence the permission is not
theirs to grant. Note that they never say that you can't use a URL
that points to images on their servers in your HTML, nor do they do
anything on their end to make the images inaccessible to servers
outside of their domains.
Robert E. Duncan
Editor of IT Communications
Easton, PA 18042
duncanr at lafayette dot edu
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