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AP Sets Up News Registry To Track And Protect Content Online

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Following up on its spring promise of an industry initiative to protect news content online, the Associated Press board today approved an ambitious plan to tag and track every piece of text content for the co-op and its members — and eventually photos and video. The news registry will start by tracking AP content and is expected to add AP member content in early 2010. AP will fund it through 2010; it’s then expected to be self sustaining. One feature of the registry, which is being designed to work on payment models ranging from free to pay walls, is a “beacon” that will let the AP know how the content is being used.

This is sure to raise a howl from people who a) don’t like efforts to manage content use, b) don’t like the idea of tracking and c) don’t like anything AP does when it comes to trying to protect content. (We’ll also probably hear a lot about genies and bottles.) AP is trying to position it as not being about Google or bloggers, but about giving news orgs tools to enhance and protect revenue — and as an alternative to going completely behind a pay wall. It should intrigue media outlets trying to get a handle on to deal with the way content is used, particularly as more of them explore ways to get paid for online access to certain kinds of material or specific articles but will they sign on?

Some details (We’ve also posted AP’s FAQ):

— The registry will use a microformat platform AP developed; it was endorsed by the London-based Media Standards Trust earlier this month.

— The “microformat” puts content in content in a

One Response to “AP Sets Up News Registry To Track And Protect Content Online”

  1. ed dunn

    I like this piece of work they created with one exception – the Associated Press content has little to no value worth protecting. In 2009, their articles are almost commodity value as soon as it is published…

    Most news sources just stay within the fair use doctrine with something like "AP is reporting…" and leave it at that. I can think of no one except blog spammers that would lift AP content outside of fair use.

    I wish I was in the board room when they propose this piece of work just to glance at the faces of the AP executives who agreed to this futile gestapo process…