Don’t Put Your Podcast On Amazon Music/Audible

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Amazon Music/Audible to the contact address for Shades of Brown that started like this:

Hello Podcaster,

We’re excited to let you know that Amazon Music and Audible will be adding podcasts to our respective services, including Amazon Music’s free tier. Please note that this information is confidential. In advance of launch, we would like to invite you to make your podcast(s) available on our services. Agreeing to add your content ensures your podcast(s) will be available to Amazon Music’s rapidly growing audience of over 55 million customers.

First things first: confidential? How is this confidential exactly? You sent this non-directly addressed e-mail to our contact address which I presume you either scraped from our site or from another podcast directory. There is no NDA here or any other kind of contract.

So I clicked through to their submission form and one of the pages has a “Content License Agreement” that you have to agree to if you want your podcast to show up in the Amazon Music/Audible podcast directory. One of the clauses I strictly object to:

Content Restrictions. Your Content may not (a) include advertising or messages that disparage or are directed against Amazon or any Service; (b) include advertising that does not comply with Amazon’s Creative Acceptance Policies, which Amazon may update from time to time and which are currently located at https://advertising.amazon.com/resources/ad-policy/en/creative-acceptance#generalcreativeguidelines (and any successor or related locations designated by Amazon); (c) promote or contain pornography or sexually explicit, obscene, violent, harassing, discriminatory, libelous or defamatory materials, or content that in our judgment is inappropriate or offensive; (d) promote, facilitate or undertake illegal or potentially illegal activities or (e) violate or infringe or promote the violation or infringement of any intellectual property, proprietary, or other rights of any person or entity. Amazon will not embed any advertising in or re-host your Content.

I bolded the objectionable subsection for you. Really Amazon? Really? I can’t include ads or messages that dunk on Amazon if I want to include our podcast in your podcast directory? No, just no. Fuck all the way off.

Shades of Brown will not be in the Amazon Music/Audible podcast directory until this non-disparagement clause is removed. I encourage others to not put their podcast on their directory as well. This kind of thing is not acceptable.

Encrypted DNS Query Transports and Their Trust Models

Recently there have been a couple bits of new on the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) and DNS-over-TLS (DoT) front. Comcast and Mozilla have struck a deal to provide a privacy oriented DoH service for Comcast users in the USA. Apple announced at WWDC 2020 that they are implementing both DoH and DoT on their iOS/iPadOS platforms with iOS/iPadOS 14.

So I feel that it is a good time to talk about the trust models inherent to the DNS query system for residential internet users and where DoH/DoT come in.

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Subscription Fatigue

The topic of subscription fatigue and subscriptions in general have been on my mind recently. I recently talked about it on an episode of Shades of Brown and I recently also read a blog post by TJ Luomo about tracking subscriptions.

Making resolutions for the new years is not something I usually do but at the start of 2020 I decided I would try to minimize recurring costs (aka subscriptions) as much as possible. So I decided to give the app TJ mentioned a try and just inputting all the subscriptions in my life was fatiguing in itself.

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36C3 talk recordings I watched

Every year I make a point of setting aside some time to watch some of the talk recordings that come out of the C3 events.

These are the ones I watched these year in no particular order:

If I had to make a recommendation for a talk that you absolutely must watch, it is the talk by Katharin Tai about Hong Kong. It is a fascinating insight into how a current protest movement is operating successfully and what makes them tick.