The RSS feature on Patreon is meant to offer patrons the ability to listen to a supported creator's audio podcast while using their favorite . This makes it easier for them to enjoy the content while not having to log in to Patreon through our app or mobile web. That being said, sharing a custom RSS link with other users on purpose, (and giving them free access to patron-only content) is a violation of our terms of service.
The RSS feed has the user's info built in so that a registered patron with an active pledge can use the feed. If their pledge becomes inactive, the feed stops working. But it will become active again when they renew the pledge.
We do not currently support passwords as a second security level on the RSS feed. Many popular podcast apps do not support this feature and many that do require sharing your account password openly without added encoding. That creates a security risk for the patron as well.
Many apps cache the info as a way to make it easier for users to find the same podcast in the future. There is no way to prevent this accidental sharing of the info if the user wants to use one of these apps that have this feature.
If you have found that one of your patrons is sharing their custom RSS link please let us know with the following:
- Gather the name and email (or URL to their Patreon account) of the Patron. If this isn't possible, supply the RSS link and where it was shared.
- Email this information to with "RSS Feed Distribution" as the subject.
Once this is received, we will start an investigation and work with you to come to a resolution.