Sharing your Netflix password could turn you into a criminal.
A UK government agency has revealed that giving your account details to anyone outside your household is “breaking the law”.
That could constitute copyright infringement, the IPO said as part of a counterfeiting and piracy campaign with Facebook owner Meta.
It is estimated that millions of Netflix accounts are shared around the world to save money.
The streaming giant famously tweeted in 2017 that “love shares a password.”
Today is a different picture as the company bans the practice and seeks to charge extra fees to anyone caught doing it.
People are also doing it with other platforms like Disney+ and Amazon Prime.
The IPO initially issued advice, saying: “Putting internet images on your social media, sharing passwords on streaming services, and accessing the latest movies, TV series, or live sporting events via Kodi boxes, fire sticks, or apps, without Paying for a subscription violates copyright law.
“Not only are you breaking the law, you are also preventing someone from making a living from their hard work.”
But it has now mysteriously altered the site, removing all references to password sharing.
The IPO has clarified to The Sun that copyright remains unchanged.
“There are a number of criminal and civil law provisions that may apply to the disclosure of passwords when the intent is to allow a user to access copyrighted works without payment,” a spokesman said.
“These provisions may include breach of contract terms, fraud or secondary copyright infringement, depending on the circumstances.
“Insofar as these provisions are provided for in civil law, it would be up to the service provider to take legal action if necessary.”
Netflix has promised to crack down on password sharing in early 2023.
That means anyone who shares their Netflix logins outside of their household will be charged an additional monthly fee.
You can still have Netflix on multiple screens in your own home.
However, if you pass your login on to people in other households, you have to pay an additional fee.
It’s unclear what the fee will be, and there’s no exact start date yet.
Netflix previously estimated that up to 100 million homes shared subscriptions — just under half of its total membership base.
The company recently launched its cheap new ad-supported subscription plan, which would cost just $6.99 / £4.99 per month.
It offers most of the features of its basic plan, but with a few minor differences.
Customers can only stream on up to one device at a time in 720p HD resolution.
An average of four to five minutes of video advertising is played every hour.
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