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Repost: Why Article Embedding Has an Uphill Battle

Repost: Why Article Embedding Has an Uphill Battle

Repost LogoEarlier this week, Repost, formerly known as Repost.Us, had launched with the goal of making articles and other text content as easily embeddable as YouTube videos or Soundcloud clips.

The initial response seems to be great and even includes a series of glowing articles including onesby Anthony Ha at TechCrunch, Megan Rose Dickey at Business Insider and Ken Young at The Next Web. This is helped by the fact that Repost, according to its site and its press release, has amassed nearly 3.5 million articles for embedding from over 4,000 publishers.

But while the excitement around Repost is new, the concept of embedding articles is not. Repost is actually a relaunch of Repost.Us, which itself launched in March of 2011. Free Range Content, the people behind Repost and Repost.Us, also operate a separate site embedding service, Curate.Us, which began life as Clp.ly (Previous Clp.ly coverage). which actually got its start in mid-2010.

But the idea of embedding articles was around before that. Embed Article, which would eventually become Embed Anything, got its start in March 2010. That service, however, closed its doors in November of 2012.

But even before that service, Voxant Newsroom started in 2008 and offered bloggers and others a means to embed content, including articles, from news sites in a similar manner (Note: Voxant now seems to be providing exclusively video content).

This means that for over five years now, various companies have tried to make embedding of text works mainstream and all, so far, have failed. Does Repost have what it takes to succeed where others failed?

Sadly, there’s a lot of reason to be skeptical.Continue Reading

3 Count: Melting Away

3 Count: Melting Away

Associated Press wins key decision over Meltwater, GoPro finds itself in a DMCA controversy and more torrent sites blocked in the UK.Continue Reading

3 Count: Sneak Peek

3 Count: Sneak Peek

HADOPI in France looks to taget streaming sites, AP gets support in its case versus Meltwater and Comcast shows us its strikes.Continue Reading

SXSW Lesson 3: Tech Doesn’t Speak the Language of Copyright

SXSW Lesson 3: Tech Doesn’t Speak the Language of Copyright

Copyright law was written intentionally to be vague and open, but this clashes with how the tech industry works, thinks and speaks. Continue Reading

Fav.Or.It Site Shuts Down

Famous content aggregator Fav.or.it is closed, much to the relief of at least some in the blogging community.Continue Reading

Is the DiggBar Content Theft?

Digg’s latest feature, the DiggBar, has caused a great deal of controversy, including many calling it outright content theft. Continue Reading

Is Lijit Creating Spam Blogs?

A new service by Lijit has raised eyebrows in the content community. Does their new aggregation service provide a new solution for content licensing or just push the boundaries of what is spam?Continue Reading

The Worst DMCA Response I’ve Seen

I’ve sent hundreds of takedown notices and seen a wide variety of replies, but Joyent has taken the cake by not just failing to act, but actively defending a potential spam blogger. Continue Reading

A Requiem For Cease & Desist

The cease and desist letter has gone from a dying art to an art that is effectively dead. Why is that, what does it mean and what can be done?Continue Reading