Judges Rule That Sharing Your Netflix Password Could Be A Federal Crime
So I guess everyone will be going to jail.
Two Federal judges have ruled its illegal to share your Netflix password under the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act.
Although most companies will deny ever trying to administer the law, it’s on the books and once profits start to slip it WILL be enforced as AVCLUB reports:
Two federal judges have ruled that it’s illegal to circumvent a company or employer’s computer security by sharing passwords or access to its data. That ruling—and all its potentially terrifying implications for the HBO Go password your buddy’s been letting you “borrow” since 2014—falls under the auspices of the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act, once described by The New Yorker as “The Worst Law In Technology.” The law states that it’s a crime for computer users to either have “accessed a computer without authorization or exceeding authorized access,” provided that that computer is involved in interstate communication—a.k.a., pretty much every computer hooked up to the internet.
In the case of the case in question, United States v. Nosal, those violations took the form of corporate headhunter David Nosal convincing a former co-worker to give him access to a company’s database after he had already left. Nosal’s case has bounced all over the U.S. legal system, with both the government, and Nosal’s attorneys, appealing whenever a ruling goes against them. That’s what happened earlier this week, when two judges upheld the government’s claim that Nosal had violated the law by acquiring access to the system, counter to the company’s clear desires to keep him out by establishing security systems like a password.
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