City Sues Resident Who Used City Council Footage In YouTube Videos

City Sues Resident Who Used City Council Footage In YouTube Videos

Section 107 of the Copyright Act permits “fair use” of copyrighted materials “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching…, scholarship, or research.” But the leaders of one California city don’t think this applies to critical videos made using footage from its city council meetings. [More]

This Graph May Explain Why Cable Companies Aren’t Rushing To Get Into Standalone Streaming

This Graph May Explain Why Cable Companies Aren’t Rushing To Get Into Standalone Streaming

With pay-TV subscription numbers dropping as people turn to online sources for their entertainment and news, it might seem sensidble that the pay-TV giants would jump into the streaming video business. But with the exception of Dish-owned Sling TV, that hasn’t been the case. That might be because consumers appear to be quite fickle about their use of these standalone services. [More]

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Your Overstuffed Carry-On Bag May Not Make The Cut On British Airways Planes

Facing the possibility of hefty checked-baggage fees, many travelers have resorted to testing the structural integrity of their carry-on bags — laptop bags packed with more clothes than electronics; purses bursting at the seams with shoes, food, books, and anything else that will fit. But one major airline is telling travelers to put some of their bags on a diet. [More]

Comcast Still Screwing Up Discount For Elderly Customers In St. Paul

Comcast Still Screwing Up Discount For Elderly Customers In St. Paul

Weeks after we told you about Comcast’s apparent ignorance of its mandated discount for elderly residents in the Minnesota city of St. Paul, customers there say the company still has its head in the sand and is refusing to properly honor requests from eligible consumers. [More]

Newly Married AT&T/DirecTV Unveil Underwhelming Combined Wireless/TV Plans

The AT&T/DirecTV combo platter saves money, but only for new customers, and after 12 months, it's really just a $10/month bill discount.

Now that the merger of AT&T and DirecTV has cleared regulatory hurdles, the newlyweds are going public with their first combo platter offering that pairs of AT&T wireless phone service with DirecTV satellite TV. Unfortunately, the more than 20 million current DirecTV customers are going to be left out in the cold on this announcement. [More]

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Cable Companies Refuse To Reveal How Much They Make Off Of Set-Top Boxes

Sen. Ed Markey of Massachussetts and Sen. Dick Blumenthal of Connecticut recently posed a handful of questions to the nation’s cable and satellite providers about their set-top boxes — Are they required? How many customers have them? Is there an option for customers to purchase their own? etc. While some providers were more transparent in their responses than others, there was one thing they all agreed on: We’re not telling you how much we make from leasing these devices. [More]

Pot-Centric Colorado Credit Union Sues Federal Reserve Bank For Denying Account

Pot-Centric Colorado Credit Union Sues Federal Reserve Bank For Denying Account

The state of Colorado no longer outlaws recreational marijuana use, but the U.S. government still considers it a Schedule I controlled substance, so many businesses making money from the locally legal sale of cannabis are having trouble finding banks to handle their cash. One credit union formed with the goal of providing financial services to those in the marijuana industry received a charter from Colorado, but has filed suit against a regional Federal Reserve bank for blocking its ability to work with other banks. [More]

Hanes Website Is The Latest, Oddest Victim Of Data Breach

Hanes Website Is The Latest, Oddest Victim Of Data Breach

To be honest, we had no idea that you could buy Hanes underwear (and socks, shirts, etc) from the Hanes website, mostly because we’d never really thought to look at the Hanes website. But if you have been shopping at Hanes.com — and potentially at other sites in the Hanes Brands catalog — some of your information may have been compromised. [More]

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Company Caught Switching Customers’ Phone Service Without Permission

So your phone company calls you and says there’s a new plan that can save your on your phone bill, or maybe to let you know that you’re being overcharged for your current service. So you go ahead and switch to the more sensible plan, only to find out weeks later that you’ve actually been switched over to a new service provider you’ve never heard of — and to a plan that costs more than your old one. This was a reality for dozens of people who complained to the FCC about a Michigan-based company that now faces a potential $2.4 million fine. [More]

Family Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight For Holding 2-Year-Old On Lap

Family Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight For Holding 2-Year-Old On Lap

A family that purchased a separate seat for their 2-year-old son on a JetBlue flight say they were just trying to comfort the youngster by having him sit on his mom’s lap during takeoff, but that the flight attendants treated them like a safety risk and had them kicked off the plane. [More]

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Mortgage Servicer To Pay Back $1.5M To Screwed-Over Homeowners

Residential Credit Solutions is a mortgage servicer specializing in delinquent loans and “credit-sensitive” (read: high-risk for default) residential mortgages. But after allegedly screwing over homeowners by, among other things, not honoring loan modifications on mortgages transferred from other servicers, RCS is on the hook to pay $1.5 million in restitution and a $100,000 penalty to federal regulators. [More]

If you're a cord-cutter and hoped to catch up on Outlander, you'll have to continue borrowing your friend's Starz Play login credentials.

Cord Cutters: Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting For A Starz Streaming Service

Compared to HBO and Showtime, Starz may not be the biggest brand in premium TV, but the network isn’t without its many fans. And last year, Starz execs seemed destined to jump on the bandwagon of offering a standalone streaming service for people who didn’t also want to pay for cable TV packages. But now the network’s CEO is saying he’s in no rush to offer such a product. [More]

Whole Foods Learns That Admitting To Overcharging Customers Can Hurt Sales

Whole Foods Learns That Admitting To Overcharging Customers Can Hurt Sales

Since Whole Foods first became a household name, it’s been the butt of jokes — like the oft-repeated “Whole Paycheck” nickname — about the high prices it charges. Yet customers continued to come. It wasn’t until the grocery chain recently admitted to “unintentionally” overcharging on certain items that shoppers began looking elsewhere. [More]

College President Explains Why He Moonlights As Uber Driver

College President Explains Why He Moonlights As Uber Driver

Imagine you’re a student at tiny Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and you’re in need of a lift home because you’re in no shape to drive. So you pull out your smartphone and request an Uber car. When your ride arrives, your driver looks awfully familiar… probably because he’s the school’s president. [More]

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Bill Aims To Stop Employers From Incorrectly Classifying Employees As Independent Contractors

In general, an independent contractor or freelancer is a worker who runs their own business but is hired by others for specific purposes and projects. But a growing number of employers have been using the independent contractor label on what had long been considered employees, often with the goal of shedding the cost of contributing to insurance and retirement benefits. A new piece of legislation seeks to make sure that businesses aren’t mislabeling employees as contractors. [More]

GM Loses Fight To Keep Ignition-Defect Documents From Going Public

GM Loses Fight To Keep Ignition-Defect Documents From Going Public

General Motors, which has acknowledged being responsible for more than 100 deaths because of its failure to recall vehicles with a known defect in the ignition switch, doesn’t want the public to see documents turned up as part of an ongoing lawsuit. But a federal court recently ruled against the car maker, which could be embarrassing for GM. [More]

Walmart Advises Manufacturers Against Misleading Packaging

Walmart Advises Manufacturers Against Misleading Packaging

In apparent response to increased scrutiny on retail overcharging and manufacturers who are trying to hide the fact that customers are getting less than they used to, Walmart has asked its suppliers to make sure that their packaging isn’t misleading to customers. [More]