Sharing Passwords for Netflix May Become Crime

Tennessee lawmakers have passed a measure aimed at those who sell passwords in bulk, but could be used against those who use another person’s information — even if given permission.

Tennessee lawmakers have passed a measure that would make it a crime to use someone else’s login to access services such as Netflix or Rhapsody, the Associated Press reports.

The bill, currently awaiting the governor’s signature, was supported by officials from the recording industry to combat illegal music sharing. The bill was aimed at those who sell passwords in bulk, but could also be used against those who use another person’s information — even if given permission.

"What becomes not legal is if you send your user name and password to all your friends so they can get free subscriptions," said the bill's House sponsor, Rep. Gerald McCormick, to the AP.

Under the new bill, download services can go to law enforcement authorities and press charges if they feel people are being taken advantage of. It extends a current law that prosecutes those who steal cable TV or leave without paying for their meals at restaurants, adding “entertainment subscription service” to services protected by law.

The state would be the first to update its law.

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