Thanks a lot Governor Brown, because of your legislative bill I cannot ear pennies via Amazon Affiliates in California anymore. Yup as of today I received an email from Amazon informing me that it was terminating its contracts with all California residents participating. Are you kidding me??

The actual email that was sent the night before read something like this:

Notice of Termination due to New California Law


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.comEndless.comMYHABIT.COM or 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.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect your ability to purchase from Amazon.comEndless.comMYHABIT.COM or

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. As mentioned before, we are continuing to work on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.


The Amazon Associates Team

Its really no big deal for me since I never earned anything or really even pushed the program. It was something more of a curiosity. But I am sure there are some people out there who will be affected by the program’s termination. Are you one of those people? Chime your words in the comments section.

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