Tennessee Makes Password Sharing Illegal
Here’s a new law that won’t work:
State lawmakers in country music’s capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend’s login—even with permission—to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody.
The legislation was aimed at hackers and thieves who sell passwords in bulk, but its sponsors acknowledge it could be employed against people who use a friend’s or relative’s subscription.
While those who share their subscriptions with a spouse or other family members under the same roof almost certainly have nothing to fear, blatant offenders—say, college students who give their logins to everyone on their dormitory floor—could get in trouble.