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    I wrote to Bob Smith last Friday about this. He thanked me for the info and said he was aware of Morpheus but wanted to research the issue more before writing an article.

    I just got this back :

    quote:

    I am reprinting your comments in this weeks newsletter, thanks a bunch
    for
    sending it.

    Bob

    At 5/5/2002, you wrote:
    >Hi Bob,
    >
    >I'm a webmaster and affiliate marketer.
    >A while back I purchased one of your ebooks and
    >subscribed to your ezine. I have found your ezine to
    >be quite informative. It's there that I first learned
    >about Scumware and your stance on the issue.
    >
    >That's why I would like to bring your attention to
    >Morpheus - a file-sharing application that over-writes
    >affiliates link ID's with it's own and effectively
    >hijacks affiliate commissions. Not only does it steal
    >from Affiliates, it steals from
    >Merchants as well by attaching it's own affiliate ID
    >to a merchants URL even when the user types it in
    >directly.
    >
    >Neil Durant of Affiliatemarketing.co.uk has made
    >videos of this process. They can be viewed at
    >http://parasiteware.com . There is also a discussion
    >on the subject and a "fix" that will uninstall the
    >Morpheus BHO - the .dll that hijacks the links. There
    >is also information at http://revenews.com/
    >
    >We are trying spread the word and to educate users and
    >merchants as to what Morpheus is doing. We have gotten
    >many merchants to drop Morpheus from their programs.
    >Since you are against Scumware, and have the ezine, I
    >thought you may find this worthwhile writing about.
    >
    >Thank you for your time,


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    He also included a link to the morpheus discussion on Alan Gardyne's site:
    http://associateprograms.com/discus/
    Look under Topics / M

    I found this near the bottom:
    May 10, 2002 - 05:08 pm:
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    Alan,

    Why was this the last item on your most recent newsletter? Wouldn't Morpheus / Buyersport stealing commissions, at least be above:

    "Rupert celebrates his first affiliate sale"?

    I guess since Haiko and the entire team (2,700+) at http://www.ABestWeb.com already solved it, it *is* moot, so I'll be quiet!

    *Sigh*




    Correct me if I'm wrong - but isn't this still very much a *live* issue until the new version is in distribution?

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    This is a live issue until all 85 million Morpheous users have a cleaned version!!

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    I am mad as all bloody h*ll that some idiot posted that. It is far from over!

    Haiko

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    Thought so.
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    By Ann TiParasite on Saturday, May 11, 2002 - 02:31 pm:
    Far from moot.
    85 Million users still have the malicious code on their systems. Unless they install Morph Buster or until the new, non-Parasiteware version is available and in distribution, we are still being robbed blind



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    [ 05-11-2002: Message edited by: eaglefire ]

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    Haiko - What about this?

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    Personally, I'm unsure that all these channel conflicts can be overcome,
    the model makes the assumption that if the user doesn't opt-out of the
    Shopping Club then the software can launch notification of rebates which
    in many cases will be triggered by other affiliate links.



    Umm ... could this end up being the case? If so, Version 2 won't solve anything.

    I thought the solution was supposed to make it so the user has to opt IN, not OUT, and that opting-in would be a cumbersome process.

    [ 05-11-2002: Message edited by: eaglefire ]

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    eaglefire,

    quote:
    I thought the solution was supposed to make it so the user has to opt IN, not OUT, and that opting-in would be a cumbersome process.


    I know who is QAing it, prior to launch it, must be a PITA for the end user.

    Haiko

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    This issue will resolve itself when a publicity seeking Attorney General brings criminal charges against the principles and programmers of this affiliate ID theftware. Clear cut case of computer fraud fostered and enabled by greedy networks and traffic seeking merchants. The moment the network legal departments became aware that Legitimate referral affiliate ID# were swapped out and replaced by Morphous codes and chose to not bann them from their network merchant base they too became liable as a party to theft.

    Those merchants who received alert notices of affiliate identity theft and ignored them became the monitizing force to perputuate this practice. If their only response to drop the Buyersport/Morphous came after they learned it also double dipped them on direct Browser URLs, bookmarks, SE listings and e-mail links doesn't relieve them from ignoring their normal affiliate bases theft claim. This one begs a class action law suit that pennitrates the hidden crevices of Duper affiliates, affiliate management groups, merchant greed and network's tuning the ASP applications to spoon feed the thieves.

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    quote:
    I know who is QAing it, prior to launch it, must be a PITA for the end user.



    What has me worried - that quote is from Allan Gardyne - he said he spoke to Feathers himself ... I just want to make sure there really *is* a meeting of minds here - ie, NO surprises.

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    eaglefire,

    I HAVE 100% FAITH IN WHO IS QAing IT!

    Trust me, he is on our side!

    Haiko

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    There's an old expression - "I'm from Missouri"

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    eaglefire,

    He will show you, and others.

    Haiko

    [ 05-11-2002: Message edited by: Haiko ]

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