Saturday, June 04, 2011

Will Netflix account sharing become a crime?

Tennessee is enacting a law to make it illegal to share passwords for "entertainment subscription services" like Netflix and Rhapsody.

From the Associated Press:

State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login - even with permission - to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody.

The bill, which has been signed by Gov. Bill Haslam and takes effect July 1, was pushed by recording industry officials....They hope other states will follow.

There is a web site that is working to block this.
The recording industry is pushing legislation to make sharing your Netflix password a crime -- it just passed in Tennessee, and now they want states across the country to push similar laws.

My friend thinks this an unenforceable law and therefore, null and void, an completely without legal force or binding effect.

I don't think that will stop them from trying to scare people with it.

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