Digital Daily Dozen 12/03/2013

Aimee Mann Wins First Round in Lawsuit Over Digital Music

In July, Aimee Mann brought a noteworthy lawsuit over the possible existence of a massive amount of unlicensed music being streamed online. In the cross-hairs of Mann’s multimillion-dollar legal claims was a company called MediaNet, originally backed by EMI, AOL, BMG and RealNetworks.

Supreme Court won’t rule on state Internet sales taxes

The Supreme Court won’t referee the fight between states and online retailers over taxing Internet sales, leaving states free to tax remote sellers and increasing pressure on Congress to resolve the long-running dispute.

Contested Internet television service Aereo setting up in Wisconsin
A new television service is scheduled to launch in 11 Wisconsin counties in early 2014, offering customers basic channels for a subscription price starting at $8 per month — provided the service survives lawsuits from broadcasters who say it steals their copyrighted material.

Facebook Adds More ‘News’ to News Feed to Become More Twitter-Like

Once, the “news” on Facebook generally meant who had a baby or a birthday. But now Facebook is taking the term a lot more literally, and making itself more Twitter-like in the process by promoting real news posted by users within their feeds.

Streaming Suicide

A student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, found a disturbing use for social media on Saturday: broadcasting his own suicide attempt to hundreds of viewers. Student counselors and mental health experts decried the act as exhibitionism, saying it could cause a ripple effect among students thinking about suicide.

FCC’s Wheeler: Not Going To Rush Auction Schedule

Following his first major address—at his alma mater (The) Ohio State University—FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler signaled he was not going to rush an incentive auction schedule given the unprecedented complexity of the task.

Wheeler: Net Is Not Reg-Free Zone

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Monday that he did not think technology was going to free networks from all regulations, saying that it was the FCC’s role to step in to promote competition as well as to keep its powder dry when it was not needed.

Study: Private Sector Should Manage Government Spectrum

According to a study by the Phoenix Center, the government can improve management of its beachfront spectrum by delegating that management to the folks who know how to do it — the private sector.

The FTC announced three consumer privacy issues that it plans to examine in 2014. The FTC will hold three events in 2014 that focus on mobile tracking, consumer online scoring and user-generated health data in 2014. The first seminar will examine technology that allows businesses to track patrons through their mobile devices.


For creators and producers, music is their livelihood. Their work product — their property — is what pays the bills. In recent months, the House Judiciary Committee has begun exploring whether copyright law is in need of revision in light of technologies that have revolutionized the way we access information and entertainment.

The United Nations’ senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden’s revelations that they are using secret programs to store and analyze billions of emails, phone calls and text messages.

Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Makes Its Debut on Instagram
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is still two years away, but Disney isn’t wasting time in ramping up marketing for the anticipated film. An official “Star Wars” Instagram account has popped up, and its first photo is all too appropriate for the medium: a selfie of Darth Vader.

Study: More watching video on the go from wireless devices
Mobile devices are gaining traction for out-of-home viewing, according to a study from the Frank N. Magid Associates research firm, which says that 25% and 22% of smartphone and tablet owners, respectively, who access the Internet stream video content when they are away from their homes.

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.