Last week The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that sharing online passwords is a crime punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. So sharing passwords with your family and friends isn’t being nice it’s now against the law.
Netflix has said it’s difficult to track the number of people sharing account. So the good news is Netflix doesn’t see password sharing as an issue. So right now there’s not much cause for concern.
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings recently stated “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,” As kids grow up and move away from home, they like to have control of their life, and as they have their own income, they subscribe separately. Hastings went on to say “It really hasn’t been a problem.”
Though sharing passwords is now technically a federal crime, Netflix is still all but shrugging off friends, family and significant others using each other’s accounts. If users feel that the Ex is using the account without permission, the easy solution is to change your password. So you probably aren’t going to Litchfield Penitentiary(OITNB) anytime soon for sharing your password, now you can “Netflix and Chill”.