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I was looking at some RSS feed formats and looking at the <docs> that pointed to http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/rss/rss.html
A URL that points to the documentation for the format used in the RSS file. It's probably a pointer to this page. It's for people who might stumble across an RSS file on a Web server 25 years from now and wonder what it is.
When I first did my blog, I had http://www.mymerchantaccountblog.com/rss.xml - Digital Point forum has a place where you can add your Blog feed, but since that feed did not work, we came up with a secondary feed (http://www.mymerchantaccountblog.com/xml/rss.xml) that worked on their site.  

I doubt anyone can really answer the question who is to say that http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/rss/rss.html will be there in 25 years.  So can I put my own URL in there with my own specs or should I use another URL?  

I have not kept up with RSS and if there are any plans to "upgrade" it.  Are there any?
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RSS is a specialized subset of XML.  If I look into my solid-state crystal ball to see what will be there 25 years into the future, I am going to guess that XML will be one of the enduring "languages" and I am going to guess that the RSS subset will still be understood and supported.  If XML were transportation equipment, then RSS would be a cement truck.   You know it when you see it, you know what it does, and you never expect it to do anything else.

I am fairly sure that any web page in existence today will be different in 25 years.  One need only look back 25 years to the web pages back then... Oops, there weren't any web pages then.  How in the world did the royal couple Tweet about Diana's gown?  Oh, well...  At least there is Archive.org:
http://replay.web.archive.org/19970519093803/http://www.mit.edu/

You might be able to claim fair use if you copied the Harvard RSS web page and stored it on your server along with a link and a credit that says, "Reproduced from (URL) on (date)."  Or you might write and ask for copyright permission to reproduce it.

I know of no plans to upgrade RSS.  There are a couple of versions and there is ATOM, but mostly those competing standards are unimportant.  I think we will hear it coming well in advance when RSS changes in any way that would have a negative impact on the millions of RSS feeds that exist today.
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