Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Standardized Rights Statements for News

At the IPTC Spring Meeting in Lisbon, I proposed IPTC Rights Statements For News, an approach inspired by

This approach would support both efficient filtering of content and sophisticated evaluation of restrictions. It is simple, flexible, accurate, descriptive and transparent.

You can read the full proposal at but, in a nutshell, the idea is:
1. Create a standard set of rights statements specific to news and media
2. Express each rights statement as a URL, which can be embedded in content and therefore is suitable for filtering
3. Enable each rights statement URL to be dereferencable, meaning it can be evaluated by machines or by people

I think that this approach would work well for expressing rights and restrictions for news and media. Having other industry players work with rights in a compatible way would help with adoption. If  customers are getting rights statements in the same way from several publishers, it is more likely that CMS and MAM vendors will implement the necessary support.

If you're interested in finding out more about this or other IPTC initiatives, feel free to get in touch