Netflix users won’t be sent to prison for sharing their password

Reports last week had suggested giving friends access to your account could end in a prison sentence

Netflix users won’t be sent to prison for sharing their password.

Last week, it was reported that those who gave others access to their account could face a prison sentence under a new ruling.

The ruling has now been clarified and has nothing to do with the streaming service or other similar sites.

The reports came from the court case of the United States v. David Nosal, in which the US 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals ruled that Nosal, an employee at a recruitment company, had knowingly stolen trade secrets from a password-protected computer.

As Consequence Of Sound reports, Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt noted that he worried the new ruling could set a precedent that could extend to Netflix users being found guilty of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In reality, however, streaming site users won’t be prosecuted for sharing their password.

Not even Netflix’s own CEO is concerned about you sharing your account with your friends. Reed Hastins said earlier this year: “We love people sharing Netflix whether they’re two people on a couch or 10 people on a couch. That’s a positive thing, not a negative thing.”