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Professor Eugene Volokh's asking readers to help him communicate to Amazon (yes, the same company that sells his book) that the ads they run for term-paper mills are unacceptable.

Volokh writes that he made the startling discovery while surfing his book (here) on Amazon this weekend:

"I checked the page for my Academic Legal Writing book, and what should I find near the bottom but:

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When one clicks on the link, one sees pointers to a list of what are pretty clearly term-paper mills (an ironic result given that my book, among other things, tries to stress the perils and impropriety of plagiarism -- though perhaps not unexpected, given that some customers who are looking for books on writing may also be looking for other, less ethical, ways of satisfying their writing obligations).

I suspect that the Amazon ad selection mechanism is fairly automated, and may be done through a third party service; if I'm right, then I won't fault Amazon for accepting the ad in the first place. But I do hope that the Amazon people can be prevailed on to stop running this ad (they are surely technically capable of rejecting those ads that they find improper)..."

More here.

Posted by Laurel Newby on January 31, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)


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