Uh-oh. Sharing Your Netflix Password Is Now A Crime In The US

Important deets on how to stay in line with the law.

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If you've ever let your mate borrow your Netflix password so she can catch up on PLL then you might want to listen up.

Yep, lending out your password is now officially a criminal act thanks to a trial that's just taken place over in the USA.

This ruling is part of a massive case that isn't directly related to Netflix, but is to do with the laws surrounding lending out your passwords to content the owners have specifically prohibited you from doing in their rules of use.

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The case in question is United States vs. David Nosal, which has been going on for 10 years and which saw Nosal using a password to a database of sensitive information after leaving his job, with the express purpose of using the info to help him in his new job.

This has now been ruled to be a criminal act and while not directly related to Netflix per se, reportedly means that the same rules could be used against people sharing passwords to streaming accounts - something a LOT of us have probably done in our time.

While this ruling technically only affects US citizens at present, this could - and is likely - to lead legislation elsewhere, so it's worth taking note of wherever you live.

GULP.

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