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OATS (Online Article Tracking System)

It is well known that newspaper content is being re-published onlin with and without publisher permission or not complying with usage terms and conditions. OATS is a proposed system which identifies; reports and monitors this re-use on the Web, and determines if the usage is permitted and/or within the constraints of any applicable terms.

While commercial turn-key solutions are available, the NLA has carried out an exercises against "Attributor" which demonstrated that its cost was prohibitive in light of the limited return on investment espoused by the proposed activity. This point is covered in more detail in the business plan.