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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Tennessee Legislature Outlawed Sharing Subscription Passwords

Tennessee Legislature Outlawed Sharing Subscription Passwords

Tennessee Legislature Outlawed Sharing Subscription Passwords

Added: Saturday, June 4th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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The state’s legislators passed a bill adding entertainment subscription to the types of services which theft is a felony. Unauthorized consumption of over $500 worth of content using someone else’s Netflix or Rhapsody accounts is now a crime.


The music industry celebrates another victory in Tennessee, where a new bill is enacted: unauthorized use of other people’s entertainment subscription services is made a criminal offense. Rep. Gerald McCormick, the new law’s prime House sponsor, said that the new legislation makes it illegal to send out your user name and password to other people so they can get free subscriptions.

Earlier, the legislation didn’t include entertainment subscription services into the types of services for which avoiding the payment of was a felony. But now it specifies that the theft of entertainment subscription services is now included into the category of crime, which provides for increased penalties for people having more than one prior similar offenses.

Besides, the law requires the operators of entertainment subscription services to report subscribers who infringe the law for prosecution. The law notes that victims of theft of services should have legal standing to report the offense to the authorities and to testify in support of relating criminal charges.

In other words, now if the operators of Netflix or Rhapsody suspected a customer of sharing his or her account with someone else, they can report those customers to law enforcement. The evidence may constitute simultaneously cross country IP address logins.

The law becomes even more interesting in the section of the punishment. It stipulates the theft of property or services as a Class A misdemeanor in case of the value of the services is less than $500. However, it is already a Class E felony if the value is between $500 and $1,000. Finally, it would be a Class B felony if you consume over $60,000 worth of content.

In other words, people illegally obtaining less than $500 worth of services would face up to a year in prison and have to pay $2500 in damages. But those consuming just a dollar more would face up to 6 years in jail and a $3000 in penalties. Now the law only needs Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature. The latter believes that he knows not enough about specifics of the bill to have a clear stance, though he supports efforts helping fight copyright piracy.

June 4th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-06-04 20:52:29)
armydude1234567890 avatarthere is no one of controlling this. it will be another one of those laws that they pass and no enforces. what a waste of time and money

posted by (2011-06-04 21:08:02)
No avatarMy question is this.... since this law is most likely going to be passed.... what happens if you gave out the password prior to this law being implemented. Wouldn't that make you exempt?
My friends and I all share each others digital subscriptions to pretty much everything. It saves us all A LOT of money.

posted by Blocked (2011-06-05 00:02:40)
menahunie avatarIf you use subscription service I would read the user agreement COMPLETELY and then download it; date it and high light the pertinent sections.
Meaning it it not specifically banned and stated in THE agreement ABOUT SHARING, LOANING, GIVING YOUR USER AND PASSWORD TO ANOTHER; THIS LAW IS NOT APPLICABLE.

posted by (2011-06-05 02:34:03)
eas125 avatarI live in TN. It's not expected to get past the Gov's desk. It's too broad. Of course we didn't expect it to get as far as it has.

posted by (2011-06-05 03:29:09)
JoeDreamy avatarI live about 45 minutes south of Nashville , TN , and I honestly believe both eas125 and armydude are right , but who knows nowadays.

posted by (2011-06-05 11:29:14)
dslbandit avatarThis is one of the quintessential examples of how rednecks got their well earned reputation. Only brain dead inbred politicians could have come up with such a retarded law. Get R done, dude.

posted by (2011-06-05 18:18:21)
Brynn217 avatarNot to mention, since this is a state law, how does one proscute sharing of the password outside the state, and does Netflix's have to come into the state to file against just the one person sharing... remember, the way this is worded, "the theft of property or services as a Class A misdemeanor in case of the value of the services is less than $500".... you realize that at the current time, the theft cannot be more than $8.99 a month because that is what they charge as a monthly service fee....

Also, Its says you just be sharing the password info so someone can get it for free.. Well, Lets see what they would say about me letting my Daughter in Denver use my acct while she is in college.... I live in Maryland, there should be no problem with a parent sharing his acct with his children anywhere... or for that matter sharing with anyone if they pay me.. I mean, why can't I pay half of the $8.99 and you pay half, or 4 people pay a quarter, $2.25 ea.... Nobody is actually getting it for free, thus the law as written would not apply....

What would really be funny... They really want to proscute someone who goes over the $500 limit... like, lets say I post my info on a website for everyone to use... well they can say 500 people used my info to login and steal their service, so that would be $8.99 x 500 people.... In any case, since their law says people must be getting it for free due to my actions, and they come after me.... All I would have to do in court is get one person who logged in using my info to testify that he paid me $.01 per month for the usage... I would love to see the look on their faces...

posted by (2011-06-05 18:22:46)
Brynn217 avatarReally thats a great IDEA!!!! I'm gonna open a Netflix acct right now and advertise nationwide that anyone can use my acct if they pay me $.10 per month fee.... there is no law to stop that... I can make a mint!

posted by (2011-06-06 01:06:53)
1shadowwolf avatarit netflix didnt want people sharing they wojuld Only allow 1 persont o veiw instnant que at a ttime... But you can watch up to 3 at once they wont Enforce this...

posted by (2011-06-06 15:06:54)
No avatarWhat a stupid F#$Kis thinking , I though they were ok !

posted by (2011-06-07 20:12:57)
No avatarIf you read the stupid copyright laws the way thay have it now, you are breaking the law if you watch a movie on your new big screen tv in your house with the cutains open because it is a public display of content without paying the copyright holder for use of it. because the neighbors can watch it and hear it couse you have a nice surround sound system.

And sorry but if you pay for a service, it is illegal to resell it. but i do think if you are aloud 3 ppl to watch at the same time, you should be able to share it.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-06-08 10:43:48)
fusseltier avatartypical in america, make everything illegal, next thing you can not lend your car or power tools.

posted by (2011-06-09 01:23:34)
No avatarYeah we are so sue happy you can sue if you borrow a tool or car and get hert...You did not tell me that the Saw would cut off my finger....Now pay me for being stupid....lol

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-06-10 02:05:21)
fusseltier avatarand i guess that means that those inbreds there cant let their sister, i mean wife, i mean cousin use their passwords either, even though they live in the same house. heheheh

posted by (2011-06-12 02:31:34)
DoninLouisiana avatarOnly in the south (Or mid south in this instance), Tennessee has some knuckleheads for politicians!

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