Can you use Amazon images in your affiliate site?

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I've seen hundreds of sites use Amazon product images and link to Amazon. But isn't that breach of the TOS? Am I missing something here?
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    • Profile picture of the author Walt SEO
      Originally Posted by ChrisBa View Post

      Are you promoting those products through amazon?
      Only as a referral/associate, not my own products.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    When you read the Amazon TOS, what did it say about their images. Here is a hint about some of the images, customer contributed images are not amazon images.

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      When you read the Amazon TOS, what did it say about their images. Here is a hint about some of the images, customer contributed images are not amazon images.

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      Of course, customer-contributed images gets you into that pesky copyright thing. At least it should...
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    • Profile picture of the author Craigcmatthew
      Originally Posted by nomore9to5 View Post

      You are allowed to use Amazon's images if you obtain them using the API, or you can get the main product image through Amazon's Site Stripe or their Product Links section in the associates dashboard.

      You can't just download an image from their product listings and upload it to your site. That's against their TOS.
      For most products, the images on amazon product listings are same as the ones on the manufacturer sites. Since the same product image (in most cases) is available on multiple places on the internet, and an affiliate could get the image from any number of places, I wonder then if copyright will be problem. Unless there is way for Amazon to prove that you took the image from their site and their site is the only one where said image is available.

      Of-course, it's different with customer uploaded content, that will lead to a quick ban.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Craigcmatthew View Post

        For most products, the images on amazon product listings are same as the ones on the manufacturer sites. Since the same product image (in most cases) is available on multiple places on the internet, and an affiliate could get the image from any number of places, I wonder then if copyright will be problem. Unless there is way for Amazon to prove that you took the image from their site and their site is the only one where said image is available.

        Of-course, it's different with customer uploaded content, that will lead to a quick ban.
        Copyright still devolves to the image owner, or the owner of the rights to that image. The copyright issue may not be with Amazon, but it's still an issue that needs to be resolved.
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    • Profile picture of the author Walt SEO
      Originally Posted by nomore9to5 View Post

      You are allowed to use Amazon's images if you obtain them using the API, or you can get the main product image through Amazon's Site Stripe or their Product Links section in the associates dashboard.

      You can't just download an image from their product listings and upload it to your site. That's against their TOS.
      Thanks, this is the answer I was looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author businessmanic
    You are allowed to use any image of a product on Amazon.
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