I, like many content curators and online editors, just learned today that this great service for providing quality syndicated content is closing. It is my hope someone else will come along to take it over. If I could, I would. Perhaps Google or another big content creator or developer will come along.
Sadly this decision will effect the future of many startups like Littlebytesnews.com. In result, we will no longer be able to offer our Trending News section, Entertainment and Sports news sections, at least not until we add more topic contributors or syndication partners.
Below is the email notice I received today from iCopywright informing content publishers about their plans to close.
We deeply regret to announce that the repubHub content licensing and syndication service will cease most operations after Friday, April 13. Publishers who have deployed the iCopyright Republishing Suite plugin for WordPress or the iCopyright Toolbar via our Drupal module or Joomla extension should plan to deactivate the plugin or toolbar service prior to that date. Similarly, websites that have deployed our Trending Headline widgets from our WordPress plugin or directly from repubHub should deactivate those prior to that time.
Existing licensed content—whether ad-supported free embeds or ad-free paid embeds—will continue to be supported by our servers until April 30, 2018. After that date, a “Content Not Available” notice will appear when readers attempt to view this content. However, websites that have purchased ad-free embeds within the past 12 months will be provided with an opportunity to replace those embeds with full-text html versions of those articles in the next 10 days.
iCopyright was founded 20 years ago with one mission: to help content creators thrive in the digital age. We did this by building a service that adapted the traditional conventions of content licensing and syndication to the digital age, and promoting the values of copyrighted content in an intelligent and intuitive way (thus the “i” before the “copyright”), making easy for readers to respect those rights and automating the fulfillment of licenses, reprints, and permissions.
Four years ago we began developing and marketing our content licensing and syndication portal, repubHub, to websites, bloggers, and marketers who need fresh world-class content to enhance their own reporting and editorial mission.
We created an embed technology that made it easy for sites to obtain the rights to republish content for free, supported by advertising, in a way that was both viral and safe.
We developed the iCopyright Republishing Suite plugin for WordPress, making it easy for sites of any size running on WordPress to deploy these tools and ingest fresh, relevant content with just a few clicks.
We developed a trending headlines widget that automated the placement of high-quality content on websites to increase reader engagement and page views.
While these services garnered accolades from industry associations and have attracted world-class publisher partners, we have not been successful in scaling the network of publishers and republishers to a level required to sustain operations.
We must therefore close operations and thank all of those who have participated over the years.
Our patented technology and software programs will be archived in the event that another party may have an interest in acquiring all or parts of our service.
We wish each of you the very best in all your endeavors.
Questions? Please email [email protected]
Therefore, if you’re interested in becoming a topic contributor, guest blogger, or featured writer or you have your own blog that covers a specific topic please contact us about becoming a syndication partner. Together we can help cross promote content and provide readers with a wide variety of topics and original content.