About Those Apple Terms

So Apple's new News service had been canvassing bloggers for permission to publish their RSS feeds to iOS devices. Or rather Apple has been asking bloggers if they want to opt out of being published.

That sends to have caused something of an uproar. Which suggests some don't understand why they have RSS feeds at all.

RSS, Really Simple Syndication, is a method of sharing your blog posts to aggregators of all sorts. Apple is just taking what you make freely available and republishing it in the News app.

By offering bloggers the option to remove their content from the service Apple has gone above and beyond what is reasonable.

The other complaint has been about Apple's legalese which accompanies the offer. Specifically the stipulation that the publisher indemnify Apple against legal action for the content of the blog. Seems reasonable, prevents Apple being sued for hateful, unlawful or slanderous posts. As an aggregator I see no reason why Apple should take responsibility for the content of your posts.

In short what we have here is a mountain from a molehill. It is only receiving interest because Apple is mentioned.

If you don't like what Apple is proposing to do why on earth are you using RSS to syndicate your feed?


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