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.

Cecilia Kang, Google, learning little from Apple debacle, gets hit with its own kids app lawsuit, Washington Post, March 11, 2014.

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!

Yannick Lejaxq, Popcorn Time Is Just Like Netflix, Except Everything Is Pirated, Motherboard, March 10, 2014.

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.

Stacey Higginbotham, Hey FCC, Netflix thinks peering should be a net neutrality issue too, GigaOM, March 20, 2014.

Peter Kafka, Netflix Says It Really Didn’t Want to Cut That Traffic Deal With Comcast, re/code, March 20, 2014.

Tim Fernholz and David Yanofsky, How the internet works, and why it’s impossible to know what makes your Netflix slow, Quartz, March 21, 2014.

Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality, Netflix Blog, March 20, 2014.

Microsoft & Privacy.  Microsoft searched a the personal email of a blogger who used its hotmail service.  The blogger threatened to leak and sell pre-release versions of Windows.  Microsoft asserted that this search was covered by its terms of use.

Mihaita Bamburic, Microsoft: Going through your private emails is like searching ‘ourselves’, beta news, March 21, 2014.

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.