“Netflix and chill” may no longer be a thing for those who don’t actually have a Netflix account.
It’s no surprise that people share the million dollar franchise, but Netflix is now cracking down. Sharing a Netflix password may be a criminal act, according to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals… or so we thought. Just last week, the circuit issued a ruling that declares password sharing without authorization is a crime that can be prosecuted under the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fortune reports. That’s right, a person sharing their Netflix password may think they’re just spreading the love, but they’re actually committing a crime.
Now, you may not actually go to jail right away just because you couldn’t help catching yourself up on the new season of Orange is The New Black. In fact, recent reports are calling this whole thing no big deal.
So the next time you think about lending a helping hand, or a password… think again.