Is a Crackdown Coming for Sharing Passwords to Video Streaming Services?

Most streaming video services have rules limiting account sharing. A lot of people ignore them.

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Streaming-service subscribers—and their friends and families—got a jolt this summer. A West Coast appeals court upheld the conviction of a man who used a former colleague’s log-in to access databases at his previous employer without its knowledge or permission. Soon news stories reported that the decision could also apply to subscribers who share, say, their Netflix passwords—which would make roughly half of all streaming-service subscribers guilty of a federal crime.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.