The Associated Press Discovers Tagging

The Associated Press is floating the idea of creating a tag taxonomy that would provide metadata about their news stories to automated crawlers.

Setting aside the fact that this would appear to be an attempt at creating their own niche set of copyright regulations, I’d be surprised if the AP will even be able to pull this off, since they can’t even be bothered to include bylines on most of the stories they syndicate to their member organizations through their traditional distribution channels.