Digital Daily Dozen: 5/4/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for May 4, 2015

Twitter’s Streaming App Creates Piracy of Year’s Biggest Fight (Bloomberg) Twitter’s video-streaming application Periscope enabled people to pirate Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, getting the thrill of the year’s biggest bout without paying the $100 pay-per-view tab. Many of these users posted about being able to watch the event on Twitter.

Campaign Coverage via Snapchat Could Shake Up the 2016 Elections (New York Times) Will 2016 be the Snapchat election? The question arises after last week’s reports that Snapchat, America’s fastest-growing smartphone app, had hired a political reporter for CNN to lead its nascent news division.

Lawmakers Struggle With Data Breach Proposals (Mediapost) Last year was “the year of the data breach,” with Target, Home Depot and Sony most prominent in a long list of compromised companies. Never letting a good lawmaking opportunity go to waste, a long list of legislators in the 2015-2016 Congress have signed on to more than half a dozen data breach and data security bills.

Video Tech Kick-Starts More TV Viewing (Mediapost) New video technology is yielding more overall TV-video viewing and more group TV viewing. Smart TVs remain the preferred viewing screen in homes with a streaming device, and streaming has now expanded to multiple rooms in homes, a study by the Council for Research Excellence reveals.

How TV Ads Drive Digital Impact (Ad Week) Google is stepping up its efforts to help TV advertisers understand the precise impact their ads have online, announcing a new partnership with Rentrak to expediently show marketers how their ads impact minute-by-minute Google searches, down to the spot level.

“Blurred Lines” Judge Asked to Grant New Trial (Hollywood Reporter) The newest stage of the copyright battle over “Blurred Lines” has commenced with new motions being presented in a fight that resulted in a $7.4 million jury verdict this past March. U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt has several options in deciding what to do about Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines.”

Universal Settles Home Video Royalties Lawsuit for $26 Million (Hollywood Reporter) It might be the beginning of the end for home video royalty lawsuits. Universal will settle the class-action lawsuit filed by director Colin Higgins in January 2013 over his profit participation deal for the studio’s musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Do You Own Your Smartphone? (Govtech) According to federal law, people don’t completely own much of their copyrighted property — from DVDs and smartphones to tractors. But one lawmaker is working to change that.

What Can The Government Do to Expand Broadband’s Reach (in 30 Questions)? (Benton) [Commentary] How can the federal government best promote coordination and use of federally-funded broadband assets? What regulatory barriers exist within the agencies of the Executive Branch to the deployment of broadband infrastructure? These are some of the overarching questions asked by Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council.

Twenty Years After the Birth of the Modern Internet, US Policies Continue to Help the Internet (NTIA) These are six key policies that have contributed to the strength of the US digital economy and provide a model for developing countries: Trusting the Private Sector; Connecting Users; Empowering Users; Protecting Platforms; Strong and Balanced Intellectual Property Regime; Reliance on Multistakeholder Policy Approaches.

Live Video Apps Face Copyright Minefield (Katy on the Hill) The new, personal, live-streaming video apps — Periscope by Twitter and Meerkat by Life on Air Inc. — will likely get dragged by their inventive and fanatical users into a copyright and piracy minefield in Washington and the courts.

Viewers Fighting Mad Over Cable, PPV Snafu (TV News Check) Strong pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas caused problems for cable and satellite systems, especially when people tried to order at the last second, which delayed the start of the fight. It’s another sting to the reputation of an industry that’s already beset with criticism over poor service.

Facebook’s opens platform to other online services (Network World) Facebook’s has opened its free Internet access platform to any low-bandwidth online service that meets its technical guidelines for running on basic phones.’s goal is to provide underprivileged people in Asia, Africa and Latin America with access to select online services without mobile data charges.