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Tennessee Takes Netflix Seriously! Sharing Login Info Can Land You Jail Time!

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Maybe we'll seek out a Blockbuster next time we're in Tennessee, just to be safe!

You may THINK you're doing something benevolent by giving your Netflix login info to your BFF so they can catch up on Dexter before the next season premiere, but starting July 1st, you're actually committing a crime if you do this in Tennessee.

The Volunteer State's governor has signed a bill into law which says that using a friend's login for Netflix or the music service Rhapsody can land you up to a year in jail.

According to the law, if you're convicted of stealing $500 or less of entertainment by illegally distributing login information, you can get a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. If you steal over $500 of digital entertainment, the jail time and fines can be more severe.

Technically, the law is aimed at "hackers and thieves who sell passwords in bulk," but according to the Tennessean "its sponsors acknowledge it could be employed against people who use a friend’s or relative’s subscription." Scary!

Here's what the bill's House sponsor, Rep. Gerald McCormick, had to say about it:

“What becomes not legal is if you send your username and password to all your friends so they can get free subscriptions."

We'll just bring some DVDs with us if we want to watch movies next time we visit Tennessee. Our friend can find their own way to get up to speed with Dexter. Ha!

If U live in Tennessee, will U stop sharing Netflix info? To everyone else - do U think this law will expand to other states?

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Comcast Vs. Netflix

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Don't mess with our Netflix Instant Streaming, Comcast! We've got four perfectly good seasons of 30 Rock waiting for us on there!

A central partner of Netflix, Level 3 Communications, has accused Comcast of charging a new fee that adversely affects Internet video companies.

Here's what Level 3 chief legal officer Thomas C. Stortz had to say about it:

“With this action, Comcast demonstrates the risk of a ‘closed’ Internet, where a retail broadband Internet access provider decides whether and how their subscribers interact with content."

Dramz between the two companies started on Nov 19 when Level 3 claims that "Comcast demanded a recurring fee to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast’s customers who request such content.”

Here's what Stortz had to say about Comcast's demands:

“Level 3 agreed to the terms, under protest, in order to ensure customers did not experience any disruptions."

According to a recent study, Netflix accounts for 20% of Internet download traffic in the U.S. Due to that fact, it makes Netflix a threat to Comcast and other cable companies who seek to protect subscription TV and video-on-demand services.

Senior VP at Comcast, Joe Waz, argues that Level 3 and Netflix are sharply increasing Internet traffic with their efforts to ween customers away from DVDs-by-mail and towards online streaming.

According to Stortz, Level 3 will be asking government regulators this week to do the following:

"to take quick action to ensure that a fair, open and innovative Internet does not become a closed network controlled by a few institutions with dominant market power that have the means, motive and opportunity to economically discriminate between favored and disfavored content.”

This could def get ugly! All we know is we would hate to lose our Netflix Instant service, and given the fact that Netflix just went up in price, we're thinking subscribers would NOT be happy if prices went up again so soon!

Work this out, you two! Seriously.

Team Comcast? Team Netflix? Team "I Don't Care I Just Want To Continue Streaming Movies Online?"

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Paris Hilton Returns To TV!

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For those of you whose Simple Life DVDs are scratched up and worn from overuse, fear not! Paris Hilton has a new reality show coming soon on the Oxygen network.

Here's what a source had to say about Paris' new show:

"This isn't 'The Simple Life,' where she played a campy version of herself. This show will give viewers a glimpse of the real Paris and her life, which is sometimes quite amazing."

Guess we'll see how this one plays out.

For her next show, maybe Paris can do a Martha Stewart-style show, only instead of teaching viewers how to cook, she can teach them more provocative stuff, like how to properly hide cocaine in your vajayjay.

Are U excited for Paris' new reality show?

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Tan And Rent!

Filed under: Wacky, Tacky & TrueSnooki

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Whatever works!

Independent movie rental stores are getting creative so they don't fall by the wayside like so many of the their big chain competitors!

Many mom-and-pop video shops have tanning beds to make more money in addition to DVD rentals and sales!

Apparently a store with a half-dozen beds will get 40 percent of its revenue from tanning and 60 percent from DVDs.

Wowsa!

We bet Snooki is a regular!

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Lost Makes Bank With DVDs!

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Hey, Academy! So, you didn't think Lost deserved any Emmys, even though it's been on for six years and was the talk of the water cooler since that damn plane crashed on that island?!

That's cool, whatever. We don't agree, but really, it was your call who won. But just so you know, the folks over at Lost don't need your stoopid trophy. They've got something better- $$$! (And loads of it!)

Following their big Emmy loss, sources are reporting that the sixth and final season of Lost released on DVD has been KILLING in the charts. It's placed at #1 for the best selling DVD of the last week in August!

Nice! What say you to that, Academy????

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Jane Fonda Is Fit And Fierce!

Filed under: Jane FondaGym Time

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It's hard to believe she's 72 years old!

Jane Fonda is releasing new fitness DVDs for the older set called Prime Time Walk Out and Prime Time Fit and Strong!

Jane says, "I feel I'm at the right stage of life to get back into the fitness business and pass on all that I've learned about being fit over 50."

The DVDs will be out November 30.

You go, girl!

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Laurence Fishburne's Pals Try To Help!

Filed under: Icky Icky PooLegal Matters

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Nice friends!

Laurence Fishburne's friends made an attempt to buy all of his daughter Montana Fishburne's porn DVDs for a million dollars from Vivid Entertainment, even hiring famous attorney Yale Galanter to make the offer!

Apparently Yale had reached out to Vivid's Steve Hirsch with the offer, but it appears the DVDs had already shipped out.

Hirsch says:

"It's true that we had several conversations with Mr. Galanter. We would have stopped shipment but it was too late. We continue to have the utmost respect for all involved."

Bummer for Laurence!

Sad, sad.

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