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Do You Sell Unattached Body Parts?

Discussion in 'General Affiliate Marketing Forum' started by Linda Buquet, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. Linda Buquet

    Linda Buquet <span style="color: #daa520;font-weight: bold;">Me

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    Kinda of a creepy ghoulish question appropriate for the Halloween season.

    But I'm serious and want to know if anyone has any ideas about
    what this could mean before I contact the merchant in question about it.

    From the 5 Star Blog:

    Why would an affiliate program prohibit affiliates that have "<strong>Unattached body parts</strong>" on their websites? Is there a rash of rogue affiliates selling arms and legs or something??? I don't think I've ever seen ANY site with <strong>Unattached body parts</strong> on it, much less an affiliate site, so why would this even be mentioned
    in the affiliate programs TOS???

    I discovered these odd program terms while I was doing some research for a client . The strange TOS is from a company that is one of the biggest companies in the WORLD and the affiliate program is on LinkShare. It's not a typo or anything because when I searched Google I found it on another one of the company's affiliate program TOS on another network.

    <strong>Restrictions on Content - The pages on Affiliate's website will not contain the following content:</strong> Guns, Pornography, Gambling, yada, yada. All the usual suspects - all these I understand.

    <strong>#6 on the list is Unattached body parts</strong>.

    Just when you think you've seen it all! :p

    Any ideas what this means or why someone would have it in their TOS???
     
  2. Rob_TID

    Rob_TID Affiliate affiliate

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    One of the forum members on one of my sites posted a pic on the forum of sth american police picking up a pair of pants with the lower torso still inside.

    I guess that site would be in violation of their TOS. :rolleyes:

    But it's kind of like many companies who sell something like insurance and demand that their affiliates don't put their banners on porn or pills sites. I mean, do you really think a porn spammer would wate his time putting insurance banners on a porn site? That would be even lower conversions!
     
  3. Larwee

    Larwee <b><font size=2>In Memoriam - Loyal Administrator< affiliate

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    There are also things such as this. I made it a point to leave take out the URL of the site as well as the site name:
    They are used for stem cell research and cosmetics.
     
  4. longroad

    longroad Affiliate affiliate

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    People will sell their organs for money.. I think some tried it on Ebay in the past.
    Yes people will do anything for money!
     
  5. Linda Buquet

    Linda Buquet <span style="color: #daa520;font-weight: bold;">Me

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    Ewwww... Oh no Larry!!! They must have added that to the TOS after that story hit or something.
    I knew there had to be some type of logical or legal reason.

    "People will sell their organs for money.. I think some tried it on Ebay in the past.
    Yes people will do anything for money!"

    True, but I'm still wondering if it really comes up on affiliate sites enough that it needs to be spelled out in the TOS. No other company on the planet considers it important enough to put in their TOS. For the most part just certain obvious infractions are covered in a TOS and most companies cover the same things.

    People sell babies too and it doesnt say you can't have babies for sale. I mean you can't cover every little possibility in your TOS. Just seems odd.
     
  6. Larwee

    Larwee <b><font size=2>In Memoriam - Loyal Administrator< affiliate

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    eBay says:
     
  7. Rob_TID

    Rob_TID Affiliate affiliate

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    Wouldn't a general clause reserving the right of the company to determine "acceptabel content" protect them enough?
     

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