This Is Why It's Probably A Bad Idea To Share Your Netflix Password
Also potentially criminal.
For anyone who is more familiar with the layout of Netflix than the inner workings of their own heart, we've got a dollop of bad news to share about the future of your late-night binges of Black Mirror, Line Of Duty, and Dexter.
Even though it's widely acceptable to borrow your friend's parent account to get your movie fix, a U.S court has now ruled that this kind of behaviour is actually considered a federal crime. Oh look. There goes our last shred of hope for humanity. Cool.
The argument is that using a login for a subscription-based service that doesn't belong to you is categorically not on and, according to The Guardian, is actually viewed by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) as being equivalent to hacking.
The salvation in all this is that Netflix have always been pretty laissez-faire when it comes to multiple people using the same account and have insisted that their company's position on password-sharing hasn't changed in spite of this ruling.
“We love people sharing Netflix whether they’re two people on a couch or 10 people on a couch. That’s a positive thing, not a negative thing,” the Chief Executive of Netflix said last year. “As kids move on in their life, they like to have control of their life, and as they have an income, we see them separately subscribe. It really hasn’t been a problem.”
So in all likelihood nobody is going to rot in jail for borrowing their housemates login details. Phew.
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