No more legal clashes between search engines and publishers

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PUBLISHERS AND SEARCH ENGINES UNVEIL NEW OPEN STANDARD:

ACAP NOW A REALITY AFTER 12 MONTH PILOT

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

29 NOVEMBER 2007, NEW YORK

The Associated Press
450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001


The new, non-proprietary, open standard, ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol), developed to protect the intellectual property of anyone wishing to make content available on the worldwide web, will be unveiled and showcased for the first time this November 29 In New York after an intense and highly collaborative 12-month pilot project between publishers and search engines.

Components of the ACAP standard are currently being implemented and tested on a pilot basis by several publishers and by the world’s fourth largest search engine, Exalead (www.exalead.com). The results of these tests will be publicly presented for the first time at the November conference.

>From December 2007, publishers will be encouraged to implement ACAP  which will allow publishers, broadcasters and indeed any other publisher of content on the network to express their individual access and use policies in a language that search engine robots and similar automated tools can read and understand. The ACAP draft technical framework papers for pilot testing are now available at www.the-acap.org.
 
Gavin O’Reilly, President of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), said: “This conference will demonstrate beyond all doubt, the need for ACAP and the potential disaster for the global publishing industry should it fail to embrace new technology to protect its future.”

ACAP Project Manager Mark Bide of Rightscom Ltd said: “This project has received unprecedented industry support and commitment.  Key players in the publishing and online industry have been quick to appreciate the need for ACAP and have responded  by lending their corporate support and technical expertise.  Our challenge now will be to communicate to the widest possible audience how ACAP can be implemented.”

Speakers at the conference will include Tom Curley, CEO of Associated Press;  Alain Heurtebise, CEO, Exalead Inc and WAN President Gavin O’Reilly.  Delegates will leave the conference fully briefed on how to implement this new and potentially universal standard.

Delegates can register by contacting Tessa Thier at tessa.thier@rightscom.com
For more information or to register, journalists can contact Heidi Lambert at heidilambert@hlcltd.demon.co.uk or on
Tel: +44 (1)245 476 265 or Angela Mills Wade on Tel: +44 (0)1865 310 732

For more information on ACAP, go to www.the-acap.org

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