UK government agency says sharing streaming passwords is illegal

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Sharing passwords to your streaming service accounts is illegal according to the UK government’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the BBC has reported. Sharing your account with others in your home is fine and doesn’t breach terms of service agreements but sharing outside your home is against the terms and the IPO says it’s also a violation of copyright protections.

Commenting on the matter, the IPO says:

"There are a range of provisions in criminal and civil law which may be applicable in the case of password sharing where the intent is to allow a user to access copyright-protected works without payment.

These provisions may include breach of contractual terms, fraud or secondary copyright infringement, depending on the circumstances.

Where these provisions are provided in civil law, it would be up to the service provider to take action through the courts if required."


While you may be breaking the law by sharing accounts, the chances of action actually being taken against you don’t seem that high. In fact, Netflix has said that it’s going to roll out sub-accounts where you pay a small fee of $2.99 per month to share your account outside of your household.

The phenomenon of password sharing is quite high in the UK with a quarter of UK Netflix subscribers doing so. One high-profile person that was reported to have done this was Nadine Dorries MP, the former Culture Secretary. She said that she shares her account with her mother and kids, and they’re not all under the same roof.

Netflix’s focus has turned to password sharing this year because it saw a loss of subscribers in April for the first time in more than a decade. People's cost of living is rising meaning Netflix subscriptions are one of the first things to be axed and Netflix wants to limit this loss of subscribers.

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CalicoReidsoPosted:

"One high-profile person that was reported to have done this was Nadine Dorries MP, the former Culture Secretary. She said that she shares her account with her mother and kids, and they're not all under the same roof."

So, it's the MP's fault, Is she going to be fined? Taxpayer purse will more likely be used


"People's cost of living is rising meaning Netflix subscriptions are one of the first things to be axed and Netflix wants to limit this loss of subscribers."

You actually know why people are sharing to others ffs

Those who can affford their monthly netflix subs, are sharing their account passwords to those who can't afford due to price rises ffs

JenPosted:

That is crazy they're really trying to make as much money as they can off of everyone but their way of being "password friendly" is paying an extra $2.99 to share for outside your household....? The only reason is because of all the subscribers they lost because people stopped paying their subscriptions... maybe if Netflix didn't take it so seriously they're wouldn't of had to worry in the first place, that's just my opinion lol

RedactedPosted:

I guess they'd prefer people pirating then yes?

FrogPosted:

Golden9999 Haha never used Netflix always use other streaming sites to watch because can't watch certain things in one country.


Yep, I just torrent and watch exactly what I want to watch when I want. I never understand how streaming got so big...

Runts Yeah that's wild lol couldn't happen in the US lol everyone sharing


Well nothing has actually happened... they've only stated that its illegal.

Golden9999Posted:

Haha never used Netflix always use other streaming sites to watch because can't watch certain things in one country.

RuntsPosted:

Yeah that's wild lol couldn't happen in the US lol everyone sharing


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