IRISH users like Netflix and Amazon Prime have been warned to “read the terms and conditions” as they fear they could be breaking the law by sharing passwords.
The UK Intellectual Property Office has warned streaming service account holders who share passwords for companies like Disney+ are in breach of copyright, which could be a civil as well as criminal matter.
Up to 100 million Netflix users worldwide are believed to be able to access it for free by sharing passwords
When asked by the Irish Sun to clarify advice for Irish users of such a service, the Enterprise Department warned users to read the terms and conditions when signing up.
A spokesman said: “Copyright legislation in Ireland is set out in the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 (as amended) and all individuals should ensure they are aware of their obligations and comply with them.
“With respect to streaming services, it is important that individuals pay close attention to the terms and conditions of those services when subscribing.
“The obligations of the ‘Account Holder’ are clearly set out in these Terms and Conditions.”
The IPO confirmed its stance earlier this week in a post on avoiding piracy and counterfeit goods online.
It states: “Inserting internet images to your social media without permission, or accessing any movie, TV series, or live sporting event via Kodi box, hacked Fire Stick, or app without paying a subscription is copyright infringement and you may be committing a criminal offense.” ”
While previous guidelines on password sharing were removed, the IPO confirmed that its guidelines remained unchanged.
A spokesman said: “There are a number of criminal and civil law provisions that may apply in the case of disclosure of passwords when the intent is to enable a user to access copyrighted works free of charge.
“These provisions may include breach of contract terms, fraud, or secondary copyright infringement, depending on the circumstances.”
The IPO announced that it was up to the streaming service provider to take legal action if necessary.
Streaming pioneer Netflix has already begun cracking down on customers who share their accounts with people they don’t live with, and next year will introduce additional fees for users who do so.
It’s a far cry from her 2017 Twitter joke that “love shares a password” as it spread quickly.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9944621/urgent-warning-for-irish-netflix-amazon-prime-users/ Urgent warning to Irish Netflix and Amazon Prime users amid fears they may be breaking the law