"The goal of hNews is to make certain elements of news articles machine-readable. In and of itself, this may not sound like much. One benefit is that it will help search engines and other parties do a better job sorting and analyzing information contained in news content (cover your ears, Rupert Murdoch!)."
"Some geeks at the AP got together with some geeks in Europe and came up with a really smart idea. Unfortunately, that smart idea got sucked into the swirling vortex of panic and craziness that reigns at a lot of media companies these days. And a really smart idea has become terribly misunderstood, twisted into a really bad idea, portrayed as something it is not, sold as a cure for a questionable ailment that it can't fix. The idea is the application of microformats to news content."
"AP is simply relying on a newly-developed microformat called hNews. ... In what way does this scheme 'wrap' and 'protect' the news? It doesn't; it simply marks it up, and adding tags expressing a content creator's wishes on reuse has no bearing on someone's rights under US copyright law. ... You'll be forgiven if you find it difficult to square the reality of hNews with the AP's pronouncements about it."