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Kevin: Steve Yelvington hits the nail on the head, once again, about AP and the horribly botched announcement about the hNews microformat it's effort to 'protect' its content.
He writes: "Some geeks at the AP got together with some geeks in Europe and came up with a really smart idea. Unfortunately, that smart idea got sucked into the swirling vortex of panic and craziness that reigns at a lot of media companies these days."
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Kevin: This was my read of the whole AP 'DRM' debacle. The hNews microformat allows them to track the news, but it won't 'protect' their content. As Ryan Singel points out: "As a means of improving indexing and search, this approach works just fine. As a shield against unauthorized use of content, however, it is easily thwarted. Indeed, it is designed to detect unauthorized use under conditions a content thief would be unlikely to use: Simply cutting and pasting AP content will remove all underlying code (as an overly ambitious aggregator might). So will re-typing it (as a commenting blogger might)." They would probably better publishing all of their content as PDFs if they really want to lock down their content
What's really sad is that the AP has shown how technically ignorant it is on so many levels with this episode. hNews doesn't provide a 'container' for news, and they can't explain how it 'protects' content because it doesn't.
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Suw: Robert Scoble is not impressed with the Kindle he bought. I'm not famous enough to be given a review Kindle, and I've no desire to buy something with DRM baked in, so I guess I'll never know what it's like. I'm not missing much, by the looks of it.
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