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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