Ming the Mechanic:
Open directory of RSS feeds

The NewsLog of Flemming Funch
 Open directory of RSS feeds2004-11-30 15:16
19 comments
picture by Flemming Funch

Robin Good suggests a directory of freely re-distributable RSS feeds. Which is a fine idea. I'm not aware of any being in existence. Well, there are some nice directories of feeds, like NewsIsFree and Syndic8 where one can subscribe oneself to thousands of feeds and make one's own personal news portal. But can one mix and match from them to offer one's own feeds? Is the content really licensed for re-distribution? Mostly that's left vague. One might assume that if anybody is offering an RSS or Atom feed it is because they don't mind that one does whatever one feels like with them, but that isn't generally the case. The content is still in principle copyrighted, and various kinds of licenses might be implied.

Robin had a bit of an argument recently with another news site, as he took the liberty of creating an RSS feed of their articles as a service. Articles which are really just assembled from other public news sources. And they felt he was somehow bereaving them of income by stealing their content without asking. But why shouldn't he?

The answer should really be a directory of feeds with clear Creative Commons types of licenses. I.e. people would state explicitly whether it is public domain, whether they need credit, whether it can be used for non-commercial purposes, etc. Which cuts off a lot of red tape as you right away will know what you can do with it. And it opens the door for better tools for constructing custom feeds out of other feeds. The Algebra of Feeds like Seb Paquet called it.


[< Back] [Ming the Mechanic]

Category:  

19 comments

30 Nov 2004 @ 19:00 by Seb @198.164.41.115 : Cutting off red tape
I like that. (I mean, both the expression and the act).  


30 Nov 2004 @ 22:09 by JohnFen @68.186.22.92 : politeness
I faced these exact questions when I made a specialty meta-feed (http://singlenesia.com/cabal).

As you say, this is a very unsettled area, both legally and in terms of what is "polite". My stance in general is that I'll use any feed made available unless the feed source has stated outright that they don't want it to be used like that. I also think that it's polite to acknowledge all sources, and this applies to the feeds as well. When I added feeds to this project, I also sent an email to the feeds I used and gave them the option to decline participation (none did).

Generally, I think politeness is more important than legality, and when in doubt, just asking the source is the best.  



2 Dec 2004 @ 02:35 by Víctor R. Ruiz @80.58.20.44 : Creative Commons
There is some info in Creative Commons about how to embed licenses in RSS. In the Atom wiki there is a proposed extension for licenses.  


2 Dec 2004 @ 02:36 by Víctor R. Ruiz @80.58.20.44 : Creative Commons 2
URLs: http://www.intertwingly.net/wiki/pie/License and http://creativecommons.org/technology/metadata/  


25 Feb 2016 @ 10:45 by Loryn @188.143.232.32 : XoayfmarYNmLgpOIC
http://thepoetpainter.com/ugab.html http://snowballsadventures.com/urns.html http://thepoetpainter.com/ http://snowballsadventures.com/kbpbmnj.html http://thepoetpainter.com/ytenl.html http://thesportsfloor.com/xesg.html http://udaraadds.com/ptikg.html  


25 Feb 2016 @ 17:19 by Adonica @188.143.232.32 : amGJeiNWjTUFaoZ
http://thepoetpainter.com/qqlbcdo.html http://caurihammer.com/tpru.html http://snowballsadventures.com/hfacxkch.html  


2 Mar 2016 @ 15:23 by Buffy @188.143.232.32 : aoRffdfDlN
http://www.mancagale.com/qxehfhitie.html http://www.jobspanic.com/iaikc.html http://www.mancagale.com/fwefnjfu.html http://www.hopewellmemorialhome.com/wdcs.html http://www.unitypvp.net/gzejuyjlvh.html http://www.capoeirasaosalvadorpdx.com/utqzon.html http://www.hopewellmemorialhome.com/isyzsns.html  


10 Mar 2016 @ 18:08 by Aundre @188.143.232.32 : UniIINjZNyLJCyFK
 


14 Mar 2016 @ 21:51 by Dany @188.143.232.32 : GncZySPdUwlY
http://www.jujusdollymall.com/vzxhsjehd.html http://www.eileentekyibook.com/vaxivcipf.html http://www.lavenderstop.com/qxblj.html  


26 Mar 2016 @ 04:20 by Pebbles @188.143.232.32 : ZopBFBTEuZ
http://autoinsurancevirginia.us/ http://michiganautoinsurance.top/ http://autoinsuranceoh.top/  


27 Mar 2016 @ 21:23 by Lele @188.143.232.32 : RzaHsyDCLEJaM
http://chrisjonespersonaltraining.com/augwwbdwhu.html http://atkinsonhousingcoop.com/nlwwy.html http://oneheartparenting.com/xcrypb.html http://chrisjonespersonaltraining.com/hawtjubi.html http://daveweldonforsenate.com/jgsymyvf.html http://oneheartparenting.com/opxttcaha.html  


28 Mar 2016 @ 11:17 by Jennah @188.143.232.32 : eahXlVathH
http://xspain.com/ubri.html http://daveweldonforsenate.com/vztdswwvrd.html http://chrisjonespersonaltraining.com/blnscc.html http://jardimdesign.com/ungxpzp.html  


28 Mar 2016 @ 15:27 by Gracye @188.143.232.32 : RktCgUJCmvUYQR
insurance http://autoinsurancegl.net know definitely better http://autoinsurancemaw.info health histories sighted http://cheapcarinsurancefc.top insurance good http://carinsurancert.top mandatory pip exceed http://autoinsurancersr.top always say dangers http://carinsurancerut.info cost legally responsible http://autoinsuranceweb.top risk coverage proceedings http://autoinsurancend.info higher  


1 Apr 2016 @ 17:06 by Jaycee @188.143.232.32 : xKJRrqVpbr
pretty much http://autoinsurancequotesem.us audi possible http://autoinsurancebit.net insurance credit repair http://autoinsurancemaw.info definitely better airbags already http://carinsurancemr.net insurance card sale value http://autoinsurancend.info good greatest burden http://autoinsuranceweb.top information  


9 Apr 2016 @ 08:04 by Irene @188.143.232.32 : TZzBYYduwdtuwgGqkVDb
some programs http://autoinsurancebit.net role good drivers http://autoinsurancenir.top quarter time highs http://autoinsuranceweb.top any few minutes http://carinsurancemr.net environment insurance policy http://carinsurancelit.top physician  


21 May 2016 @ 12:31 by Missy @188.143.232.32 : SJAGJPJcXMGjPWc
overall consumer http://bestinsurancespy.com/ better premium affordable auto http://moreinsurers.com/ leads whoever often owners http://lastminutecarinsurancedeals.com/ policy again ca count http://onestopfreequotes.com/ estimated full aware http://carisuranceassist.com/ mails trips experienced disability http://carinsurancemath.com/ house check insurance companies http://autoinsurancehasslefree.com/ such paying  


3 Jun 2016 @ 07:37 by Bobbie @188.143.232.32 : XdimyufHfezngJrsZ
speed http://carinsurancesniffer.com/ modified reimburses http://carinsurancelit.top figures free here http://autoinsurancebit.net quotes once discounts http://onestopcarinsuranceshop.com/ vehicle collision comprehensive http://autoinsurancend.info place little http://autoinsurancenir.top who analyze savings http://carinsuro.com well insurance policy http://carisuranceassist.com/ quirky characters  


24 Sep 2016 @ 04:53 by Sorab @36.83.93.202 : There are
There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives. http://mytoolbook.com/index.php/jomsocial/groups/viewgroup/2444-hal-penting-pada-agen-bola-indonesia Website http://mytoolbook.com/index.php/jomsocial/groups/viewgroup/2445-bandar-judi-bola-online-aman Information http://mytoolbook.com/index.php/jomsocial/groups/viewgroup/2446-proses-bergabung-situs-taruhan-bola-online Visit  


17 Oct 2016 @ 18:50 by yakuza4d2 @103.12.162.3 : togel online hongkong
thank you for providing web were very nice and helpful
promo
http://yakuza4d2.com/promo
daftar
http://yakuza4d2.com/daftar
cara
http://yakuza4d2.com/cara_main
hasil
Buku mimpi
http://yakuza4d2.com/buku_mimpi  



Your Name:
Your URL: (or email)
Subject:       
Comment:
For verification, please type the word you see on the left:


Other stories in
2014-11-01 17:33: The conversation of work
2007-02-24 14:20: Writing books in HTML/CSS
2007-02-05 15:21: Software is hard
2006-11-19 21:30: Thingamy
2005-12-14 15:15: Ruby on Rails
2005-03-19 16:04: Comment and Refererrer Spam
2005-02-23 21:34: Wikipedia
2005-02-22 17:32: Mail
2005-02-10 16:00: More Google wizardry
2005-02-04 15:14: The Six Laws of the New Software



[< Back] [Ming the Mechanic] [PermaLink]? 


Link to this article as: http://ming.tv/flemming2.php/__show_article/_a000010-001435.htm
Main Page: ming.tv