Gulp. If you have a Netflix account, there’s a good chance you’re breaking the law — at least, that is if you’re sharing your password with other people. Just this past week, it was ruled that sharing your Netflix password is now a federal crime. And no, we’re not joking.
You might want to think twice before sharing your Netflix password. Believe it or not, it’s now considered a federal crime to do so. Unless you want to potentially spend time behind bars, don’t do it!
So here’s the scoop — the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit recently ruled that sharing your Netflix password is now a federal crime. The decision comes as part of the ruling in the case of the United States v. David Nosal, which had to do with a man leaving his job but continuing to use the password of someone still working at the firm in order to download employee information, according to Fusion.
The ruling isn’t directly related to streaming services, but it will be able to be used against them.
“This case is about password sharing. People frequently share their passwords, notwithstanding the fact that websites and employers have policies prohibiting it. In my view, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) does not make the millions of people who engage in this ubiquitous, useful, and generally harmless conduct into unwitting federal criminals,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in a dissenting opinion.
This may be hard to understand, but you can read the full court document here. Essentially, what you should take away from this is — don’t share your Netflix password! Unless, of course, you want to go to jail.
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