Maduri: Netflix cracks down on password sharing
WASHINGTON – A court ruling last week now means that if you’re using someone else’s password to access an online service — including Netflix – that may be considered a violation of federal law. A three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that sharing passwords without the authorization of the system’s owner – that would be the owner of Netflix – is a crime that can be prosecuted under the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Get ready, America. The cops may be coming for you because of Mom’s Netflix account.
This is an instance of the government and big online companies poking their noses into places they don’t belong. I suppose they could technically arrest you at if you take a bite from your wife’s plate at a buffet and you only ordered the soup. But you’re going to destroy your business if you hold people to this law. No one is going to want to come to your restaurant. Or stream your movies.
Showtime’s new streaming service also has the same policy as HBO and most of the apps like NBC, ABC, and Watch ESPN require a cable subscription. But they all allow for family multiple users just like HBO and Showtime.
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