Tennessee passes law making sharing logins a crime

Posted on Monday, June 6th 2011 at 9:11 p.m.

Having solved all other critical issues in the state, Tennessee lawmakers have now made it a crime to share login accounts for entertainment services such as Netflix and Rhapsody.

Not surprisingly, the bill was heavily lobbied for by the entertainment industry, who appears to be taking advantage of its position of a main part of the Tennessee economy to get login sharing criminalized and then get other states to follow suit.  Of interest is the fact that the law makes stealing of $500 or less of entertainment would be a misdemeanor (still punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2500 fine), but theft beyond that is a felony.  Since RIAA lawsuits regularly claim that the cost of “making available” is often tens of thousands of dollars per song, one can imagine that anyone prosecuted under this law will be charged with a felony.

It’s worth noting that a 2010 Gallup survey ranked Tennessee’s quality of life as 42nd in the nation.  Interesting then that Tennessee lawmakers have the time for this type of legislation.

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