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Rob Salkowitz On The Saga #12 Saga
posted April 11, 2013

Just wanted to drop you a note to say I think you hit the Saga thing right on with this line: "..if Apple has a policy that led comiXology to interpret the content as inappropriate, I think that's a stupid policy and it's fine if Apple is made to own that." Fact is, comiXology made Saga available on the Web and Android; it's not like they had any interest in keeping it out of the hands of readers. They just don't want to be on the wrong side of Apple, who is notoriously opaque, arbitrary and abrupt with its content restrictions. Anyone who runs millions of dollars through their App Store would be nuts not to err on the side of caution, considering the downside risk.

IMO, Apple's policy of creating FUD by not being transparent on its content policies and not being consistent is WAY worse than codified censorship. At least if there are policies in place that people understand, you can work around them. This way, they've created a climate of fear where their partners become unwilling content cops and have every incentive to take a harder line on anything potentially controversial. And there's no accountability on Apple's side because "hey, it's the partners, it's not us!" That's not just evil; it's weasely and evil. Hell yes, they should be called on it.

One benefit to this is I now need to read Saga (I'd been avoiding it as part of my policy of letting Eunice read her own stuff without smothering her with my inevitable opinions...).