Paid Subscription Sharing to Become Illegal

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 02 June 2011 19:01

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Have a Netflix, Pandora, Grooveshark, Hulu Plus, or any paid subscription that you give out the login information for to friends? That's soon to become illegal. In Tennessee, anyway. The bill will come into affect July 1, as it has been signed by Governor Bill Haslam. The article from the Tennessean says that if you share the paid account under the same houseful, such as a family Netflix account, you "almost certainly" have nothing to worry about, but it never says you do not have anything to worry about. The bill allows companies who feel that their services are being used by more people per account than they should be to go to the authorities. It would be a misdemeanor to to "steal" $500 or less of entertainment, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. It would be a felony to "steal" more than that, and the penalties, of course, would be much greater. While the intention of the law doesn't seem to be for household sharing among a family, it doesn't prohibit those families who do that from being prosecuted. It's aimed at people like college students who share information all around campus.