Comcast P2P settlement funds now available to the selected subscribers

It won't pay off your student loan or help keep your mortgage afloat, but the $16 certain Comcast subscribers can get from the settlement of the MSO's long-running P2P class action lawsuit could pay for a cup (maybe two, if you don't tip) of Starbucks' java as you scarf down bandwidth and coffee at the local hotspot.

Comcast subscribers who used Ares, BitTorrent, FastTrack or Gnutella P2P networks between April 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008 hit that jackpot and can get the money by filing a claim before August 29.

As always, it pays to be the lawyer rather than the litigant. Attorneys in the deal are splitting about $3 million for their efforts.

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