Digital Daily Dozen 01/15/2014

Eight of today’s stories are about yesterday’s Net Neutrality decision. Could have been all 13.

Counting Crows Latest to Go to Court Over Digital Royalties

Counting Crows filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, becoming the latest musicians to allege they’ve been cheated out of digital income. The California band believes that UMG should be treating downloads of hits like "Mr. Jones" and "Round Here" off of venues such as iTunes as licensing rather than sales.

Court Vacates Heart of FCC Open Internet Order

The DC Court of Appeals said the FCC has the authority to "promulgate rules governing broadband providers’ treatment of Internet traffic," and says that its "justification for the specific rules at issue here is reasonable and supported by substantial evidence."

NCTA on Open Internet: Court Decision Won’t Change How We Operate

Fans and not-so-fans of the FCC’s just-vacated Open Internet order were quick to react Tuesday, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, which saw the decision as granting the FCC to regulate the Internet (though not in the way it attempted to do so).

Markey To Introduce Net Neutrality Legislation

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said Tuesday he would be introducing legislation to make it "crystal clear" that the FCC has the authority to "oversee the operation of broadband networks."

Net Neutrality Quashing Will Mean New Pricing Schemes, Throttling, and Business Models

Depending on who you ask, a court loss for “net neutrality” will mean either a new era of innovation or preferential treatment and higher costs.

Court decision, like the FCC, overreaches (Commentary)

I’m not sure why some "net neutrality" advocates are so upset about the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Verizon vs FCC. But I’m quite sure that the vast majority of American broadband users are going to keep texting, Skyping, surfing, streaming, tweeting and Facebooking without a qualm for the future.

Net neutrality decision sells consumers out to the ISPs (Commentary)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Verizon v. FCC is a dangerously retrograde move that, by badly damaging the cause of net neutrality, harms American consumers and further insulates the already over-protected cable industry from any kind of meaningful competition.


In discarding out a huge chunk of the net neutrality rules that the FCC put into place in 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals has thrown the way the Internet works into turmoil: Instead of treating all traffic flowing over their broadband pipes equally, ISPs can now start making deals that could prioritize some content over other traffic.


It is now legal for AT&T or Verizon to block Slate, your blog, or any other site. Even though the Internet touches every part of our lives, one person is to blame for potentially destroying its potential for innovation and freedom of expression: former FCC Chair Julius Genachowski.

Twitter Power Users: You’re Now a Target for Ads
Twitter said it will begin offering marketers the ability to target ads to specific user accounts. It will also let them do so based on their biographical data, follower count and verified status. The offering could be used to "build relationships" with "influencers."

Fox’s FX Networks to Offer ‘TV Everywhere’ App
FX Networks, seeking to tap the popularity of online viewing, has begun offering an app that will stream shows to pay-TV subscribers. FXNow will carry programs from FX, FXX and FXM, and is available to about half of the pay-TV subscribers who receive the channels at home.

Chicago Sun-Times to Test Bitcoin, Twitter Paywall
The Chicago Sun-Times plans to test a new paywall system that accepts bitcoins, as well as tweets from readers, in return for access to content. On Feb. 1, the Sun-Times site will prompt readers to either donate to, in the form of bitcoins, or tweet about the Taproot Foundation.

Snapchat, WhatsApp Lead to Text Message Decline
After two decades in which texting transformed the English language, the number of messages sent in Britain fell for the first time last year. Younger smartphone owners are turning to Internet-based message services such as WhatsApp and Snapchat. "The trend began in the U.S."

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.