Sharing Netflix Passwords Now Illegal

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.

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You can say that they’ll never enforce this. If that’s the case, they shouldn’t need a law to criminalize you sharing a Netflix account to begin with. Netflix makes enough money as it is. They don’t target you and me because the CEO needs an extra 6 feet on his yacht.
For those who want to share here is some information that can help you.
HBO describes the Go and Now services as “a household subscription,” explaining that “the credentials you use to access HBO GO should not be shared with members outside your household.” However, HBO’s CEO isn’t worried about account sharing: in an interview with BuzzFeed last year, CEO Richard Plepler called account-sharing a “terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers.”

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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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