I read a lot about digital media development, specifically legal topics. Each month, I will share some top developments with and provide links to resources with more information.
Purchases in Kids Apps. A class action suit was filed against Google. Class members claim that it is too easy for kids to spend money with in-app purchases on Android devices.
Popcorn Time & Torrents. Popcorn Time launched a service that enables users to easily stream video torrents. These torrents are most often pirated content, which was already available. Popcorn Time removed the need to be tech savvy, opening up viewing for all!
Netflix and Comcast Make a Deal & Net Neutrality. Netflix recently made a deal for direct access to Comcast’s network. This bypassed the more traditional relationship of paying a third party CDN (content delivery network) such as Akamai or Level 3 for the service. While many in the press have misunderstood the difference between transit and neutrality issue, Netflix now argues that such arrangements wouldn’t be necessary if strong net neutrality regulations were in place. Others argue that major bandwidth users should bear more cost.
Stay tuned for updates in April! Please comment if you would like me to post a more in depth analysis for any of the topics above.