Netflix - Is it illegal to share another person's account?

Aaron62

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Netflix has specific rules governing how your account can be used, however at this time it is not illegal to use another person's Netflix account in most states in the United States.

Especially if you live in the same household and are using the same networked router or internet connection.

According to the Netflix Terms of Use statements, the only consequence of sharing passwords is that the account holder will take on full responsibility for the actions of anyone using that password.

As stated in the Netflix Terms of Use in the "Passwords" section, "BY SHARING THE NETFLIX SERVICE PASSWORD, THE ACCOUNT OWNER AGREES TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSURING THAT HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF USE AND SUCH ACCOUNT OWNER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THE HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS."

The state of Tennessee is a notable exception to the current legality of password sharing, as it criminalized password sharing of this type in June 2011, according to Business Insider. If a person is caught sharing Netflix passwords or selling passwords, it could result in fines, misdemeanor charges, or jail time. This law applies to other subscription services such as Rhapsody and Hulu as well. When this law was passed, it was not disclosed what type of monitoring, if any, the state of Tennessee planned to do to enforce this law.
 
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