Netflix, Pandora Password Sharing Could Land You in Jail
Logging into a friend’s account to listen to music or songs on sites such as Netflix or Pandora is now illegal, even with the account owner's permission, according to a new state law passed in Nashville, Tenn.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill backed by the recording industry to make music sharing illegal and to stop hackers from selling passwords in bulk. It’s possible that other states will look into similar bills in the future, according to the Associated Press.
The bill – which was first introduced in February and was signed earlier this week – could also be expanded to include users who lend out their passwords to friends and family. It will go into effect on July 1.
"What becomes not legal is if you send your user name and password to all your friends so they can get free subscriptions ," said Rep. Gerald McCormick, the bill's House sponsor.
Violations that rack up services valued at $500 or less would be subject to a misdemeanor charge, with a $2,500 fine and the possibility of jail time up to a year. A felony would include the value between $500 and $1,000 and if it’s a second offense.