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AOP members represented at ACAP

A scheme to give publishers increased control of their online content is set to launch in New York, where AOP members will be represented by legal executive James Evans.

The ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol) will allow publishers to express access and usage policies in a language that search engine spiders can understand.

Initially ACAP will provide a universal, open-access framework for content producers to automatically communicate to search engines and other intermediaries how their content can be used.

From December publishers are encouraged to implement ACAP - and AOP members should consider the potential advantages of utilising ACAP. Designed to protect publisher's online intellectual property, to be successful the scope of ACAP will need to be extended to cover more complex permissions and business relationships.

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