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by Revcb 07:53PM Tuesday Sep 14 2010

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AT&T customers get $50 back if qualify & apply

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Some former customers could get as much as $50 cash back. It's the result of a class action settlement but in order to get the money, you have to file a claim.

Back in 2006, Action News introduced you to Lorena Afroilan. She bought a phone from AT&T Wireless without realizing it had a locking device, which meant she couldn't use it with a different carrier.

"So I had to go spend another $50 to $100 to buy another phone with another carrier when this phone was perfectly fine."

So Lorena brought a class-action lawsuit against AT&T Wireless and the case has now settled.

So if you bought or activated an AT&T wireless phone and had an AT&T wireless account with a P.A. billing address between August 7, 1999 and October 26th, 2004 you're eligible to get money back but you must submit a claim form.

Each subscriber is entitled to reach $10 cash per cell phone and up to a total of $50 per family.

Click here for details of the settlement.

Meantime, AT&T does deny the claims in the lawsuit and tells Action News it has no comment on the settlement.


ArrayList
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Re: AT&T customers get $50 back if qualify & apply

AT&T Wireless customers.

FFH
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Re: AT&T customers get $50 back if qualify & apply

said by ArrayList:

AT&T Wireless customers.
Isn't it all the same company now?

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Re: AT&T customers get $50 back if qualify & apply

if only. AT&T will say yes, but it has never felt like it.

KrK
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Good news on the DRM

Glad that's being broken.

Now, as for Charter, who didn't see this coming.

It will spread like wildfire.
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Fair Use Rights

A victory for fair use rights. Now I should be able to get bit for bit copies of non broadcast digital tv programs.

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Re: Fair Use Rights

Let me ask you this. Say someone stole something of yours. You found out who has it and where this item is. Now does that give you the right to steal it back? Do you have the right to break into that person's as house to get your item? Last time I checked breaking and entering is still a crime even if the purpose is to get your own stuff back. So while yes you are entitled to have your stuff back you're not allowed to break the law to do it.

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Re: Fair Use Rights

Its been an exceptional week for fair rights. The master key was a great victory, and so was the release for the PS3 jailbreak to the open source community, also we have had a third over looked victory. The newest xbox has been fully opened up, and will allow backup games to be booted with a firmware flash.

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@BF69, Your implicitly equating moral and legal. Have fun with that.

Weak minded people rely way to much on the legal system.

Fluker

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Studios seem to hate fair use because it impedes their existing business model.

Eventually they will either fail, or understand that the prevailing winds are pulling us from a broadcast model towards distributed media.

I'm not the best internet lawyer but I believe that it's within my rights to watch my HD content on the media that I choose if I have a subscription.

The biggest thing for me is that HULU is a total mess. Flash is an unacceptable platform (low bitrate, performance issues, requires mouse/keyboard) for good htpc integration and loses hands down to RSS torrenting plus a good 10ft player interface.

If it was a question about whether it's right to watch shows sans commercials, now there you would have a point. But I dgaf and use adblock anyhow (whitelists for dslreports/reddit/google though).

The genie is out of the bottle. The music industry is still fighting it, but has relucted and allows drm free purchases. maybe the networks and studios will learn too. Either way, technology is marching along and they can either keep spitting into the wind lose a massive user base, or adapt and hold to as many as possible.

Treating this like it can be fixed is the worst option.
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Re: Fair Use Rights

the skipping commercials debate has been around since people figured out how to program VCRs. Most people would hit fast forward. its just that the digital mediums allow total removal in editing software.
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Also While downloading TV shows is a gray area of legality.

If you break HDCP and record something bit for bit in HD off an HD feed that you subscribe to it is 100% legal. and no different than in the standard def days of hitting record on your VCR while watching HBO. which was 100% legal and Moral.
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Re: Fair Use Rights

Fair use at it's best. Just don't redistribute those bit-perfect copies without permission from the copyright holders.

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You could only use your VCR to time shift TV programs.

You own no content you did not produce. "All rights reserved" means something.

KrK
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They are trying to make recording anything illegal. They want you to see it but only on their terms and only for a temporary period of time.
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Bing Passes Yahoo

Well what a shock. First, Microsoft makes it the default search on IE installations (so much for their previous Live search). Then, MSN (IE's default homepage) makes an entire section of what at first glance appears to be headlines when it's actually a link to Bing search those terms. Yeah, like I needed them to arrange popular phrases for me to search with a single click because it's just too hard to type them myself.

They've proven if you force enough people to land on your site, you'll hit the numbers. They could have chosen any random site to do this with and it would have instant traffic. It doesn't mean Bing is any good; it just means their methods use to drive traffic there are.
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Just more proof of how DRM is a Waste

Really I bet the entertainment industry would save so much money if they stopped trying to lock up content and restrict operations for the consumer.

Why is it that when I buy a DVD I have to chapter skip through previews and anti-piracy messages yet if I pirate it I get right to the movie? Its like they just punished me for giving them money. and Some DVD players even lock out the skipping of some of the stuff. sadly VLC does not have Blu-Ray playback yet, I like its "skip to movie" load option.
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Re: Just more proof of how DRM is a Waste

VLC is certainly one of the greatest video players in computer history, but lately I've noticed something strange with its Xvid playback.

When you download the original Xvid codec for direct show (windows media player ) all the colors look better and more vivid than on VLC.
Try it yourself, and you will see what I'm talking about.
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Re: Just more proof of how DRM is a Waste

I have never noticed that with Xvid, I will have to see if have anything other than DS9 reruns in Xvid.(the station is not exactly bright and vivid with color lol).
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