Associates Operating Agreement – What’s Changed

Here are some of the most important updates we made to the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement and Program Policies on October 1, 2018:

  • We aligned our U.S., Canada, and EU agreements so that they’re substantially similar. For Canada, this means that:
  • We changed the formatting so that you can more readily compare the U.S., Canada and EU agreements. For example, we moved country-specific sections, like tax provisions, to a single location at the end of the agreement.
  • We removed sections relating to deprecated products. For example, we deleted references to the MP3 Clips Widget Link.
  • We standardized language throughout. For example, we now more broadly refer to applicable law rather than referencing country-specific laws.
  • As part of that alignment, we made a few substantive changes, including the following:
  • We added warranties regarding independent evaluation, sanctions, and export and re-export restrictions.
  • We shortened our Associate identification statement.
  • We extended our notice time period for agreement modifications and certain terminations to a 7 day standard.
  • We reorganized the sections of Disqualified Purchases by moving language that was elsewhere in the policies.
  • We moved the following to zero rate Products under the Fee Statement. These were previously zero rate Products under the definition of Excluded Products.
  •       o Amazon Appstore
  • We standardized the definition of “Unsuitable Sites” to include a) sites that promote or contain obscene, false and deceptive materials, or that are hateful, harassing, harmful, abusive or invasive of another's privacy, and b) sites directed towards children or violating child protection laws.
  • We clarified the language around services outside of the United States to refer to a tax information notification.
  • We specified that encouraging bookmarking is not allowed, and that Special Links must be accessed from your Site.
  • We clarified how you may link to Products and Product lists.
  • We clarified that Special Links in emails and ebooks are not allowed without our prior approval.
  • We added requirements that your Site must not have price tracking and/or price alerting functionality (unless otherwise agreed) or use Program Content to refer to sites that are not Amazon Sites.
  • We clarified that you must not display on your Site or otherwise use any content that relates to Excluded Products. See the Products Statement for more detail on items and services that are Excluded Products.
  • We included Amazon Home Services within the definition of Products. Amazon Home Services are currently not available in Canada.
  • We added a new Amazon Influencer Program (“AIP”) policy. AIP is currently available only in the United States, but we expect to launch in the United Kingdom and Canada soon.
A complete reference copy of the revised Operating Agreement may be found here.

  • We’ve added a Bounty Event:
      • Earn $3.00 for each successful registration for an Amazon Music Unlimited Free Trial