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NewspaperDirect Adopts ACAP for Its Digital Publishing Networks

NewspaperDirect.com (www.newspaperdirect.com) announced that it is adopting the Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP; www.the-acap.org) for its digital publication networks. This is designed to provide its publishing partners with more protection over their content.

ACAP is a nonproprietary, global permissions tool that puts content owners in control of their online content. It is backed by the World Association of Newspapers, the European Publishers Council, and the International Publishers Association and developed by publishers in collaboration with search engine vendors. Supporters say it is anticipated to "revolutionize the creation, dissemination, use, and protection of copyright-protected content on the worldwide web." (For background information, see the Feb. 14, 2008, NewsBreak "Publishers Try—Again—to Reach the Open Web: ACAP," at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=40927.)

ACAP expands on the aging Robots Exclusion Protocol, introducing indexing instructions with a significantly higher level of precision and granularity. This allows publishers to assign permissions and restrictions to individual sections of webpages, giving them more control of how their content is viewed and used.

Source: NewspaperDirect.com



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