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Tennessee lawmakers have passed a measure backed by the RIAA that could ban the sharing of Netflix passwords

For years, the recording industry has attempted to save itself by combating illegal downloading of music and movies in an effort to increase CD and DVD sales. It's no secret that subscription services like Netflix are a thorn in their sides, offering movie rentals for one low monthly price. But now, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the U.S. state of Tennessee are taking these efforts to revive DVD sales to a whole new level by proposing a new law that could ban the sharing of Netflix passwords.

Netflix is an on-demand video streaming and video rental-by-mail company that launched its subscription service in 1999. The user base grew quickly, reporting 23.6 million subscribers worldwide this year. In addition, Netflix has Hollywood executives shaking in their boots, and even pushed Blockbuster into bankruptcy.

While Netflix continues to grow as far as audience and content goes, the movie rental and streaming giant may encounter some problems in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee lawmakers have passed a new bill that would make it illegal to share passwords for Netflix, Rhapsody or other similar services amongst friends. 

The bill is awaiting the governor's approval, and if passed, could put sharers of Netflix accounts in jail. According to one report, stealing $500 or less of entertainment would be a misdemeanor, and would land a person in jail for up to one year with a $2,500 fine.

The RIAA is backing Tennessee's bill in an effort to stop hackers who sell passwords, and say that Netflix password pooling falls into that category. Bill Ramsey, a Nashville lawyer, noted that those who share subscriptions within the same household would not likely be apart of the ban, as small-scale violations like that would be difficult to identify. But when one password exceeds about 10 people, that's when "a prosecutor might look and say, 'Hey, you knew it was stealing.'"

This definitely isn't the RIAA's first attempt to get its share. After battling filesharing service LimeWire in federal court over copyright infringement claims, the RIAA won $105 million, and many doubted its intent to share with recording artists, who were supposedly the ones to benefit from the case. According to a report released a couple weeks ago, the RIAA may distribute some of the settlement money to artists, and while it may pocket a large sum of the loot, it never said it would give artists nothing at all.

But many agree that this new measure is wandering into the zone of ridiculousness, and are wondering where the RIAA will draw the line. What about lending a friend a CD? Or a DVD box set? When will it be enough?



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RE: Er...
By theapparition on 6/2/2011 3:01:07 PM , Rating: 3
There are quite a few extreamists who like to take out abortion clinics and thier doctors.

Or how about the WBC, who celebrate the death of US Soldiers because they believe the US is being punished for tolerating homosexuality?

Even so, those are the minority (very small vocal minority) that gets headlines and the media loves that sort of stuff. I do agree that the OPs original assertion was so off base as to be laughable, but US creationists are dangerous left to thier own devices. Look at all those morons who spent thier life savings waiting for the end that never came. People who believe praying is better than surgery or that God has spoke to them and decides that everyone who doesn't believe needs to be converted through death. Plenty of wackos out there.


RE: Er...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2011 6:48:20 PM , Rating: 1
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There are quite a few extreamists who like to take out abortion clinics and thier doctors.


Every single time someone brings up terrorism, someone uses this as a retort. There have been like, what, 4 or 5 clinic bombings and shootings? There have been THOUSANDS of jihads, oh and a little thing called 9-11. You can't even really compare the two, it's absurd.

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Or how about the WBC, who celebrate the death of US Soldiers because they believe the US is being punished for tolerating homosexuality?


They're crazy and deranged individuals. Sadly what they do has been deemed legal and harmless, so I guess it's their right to do that.

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People who believe praying is better than surgery...


Are ultimately only hurting themselves. And that's fine with me.


RE: Er...
By theapparition on 6/3/2011 10:16:03 AM , Rating: 2
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Every single time someone brings up terrorism, someone uses this as a retort. There have been like, what, 4 or 5 clinic bombings and shootings? There have been THOUSANDS of jihads, oh and a little thing called 9-11. You can't even really compare the two, it's absurd.

Terrorism is terrorism. Frequency or severity doesn't change the argument. I will not argue for a second that extreamist Islam is far more dangerous, but extreamist Christians don't have clean hands by any means. The KKK was at it's heart a Christian organization. Plenty of other cults and sects that base thier illegal activities on religion.

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Are ultimately only hurting themselves. And that's fine with me.

And do you think it's right that they allow thier children to suffer and die? Or threaten to ostrisize and split families if a member of thier congregation dare seek medical attention rather than try to kiss a rattlesnake?


RE: Er...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/3/2011 12:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
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The KKK was at it's heart a Christian organization


They might have been made up of people who CALLED themselves Christians. But the KKK and Christianity are on COMPLETE opposite ends of the spectrum, and obviously, directly conflict with the teachings of Jesus and all Christian doctrine. Some would definitely take offense to you saying the KKK was a "Christian" organization. I'm not a Christian and even I find it an absurd thing to say.

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And do you think it's right that they allow thier children to suffer and die? Or threaten to ostrisize and split families if a member of thier congregation dare seek medical attention rather than try to kiss a rattlesnake?


Well now you're just muddying the argument here. I seriously doubt this goes on much these days, honestly, kissing rattlesnakes??


RE: Er...
By jeff834 on 6/3/2011 1:42:33 PM , Rating: 2
And the vast majority of Muslims would argue Jihadists don't represent the Islam they signed up for, yet people continue to blame Islam for terrorism. There are crazy people of every religion, color, race, etc. Plenty of atrocities have been committed in the name of Christianity, just because you don't remember them doesn't change history. I am white, live in the US, I was in NYC on 9/11, and I am infinitely more afraid of Christian or unreligious terrorism than Muslim terrorism. I would put money on the next "terrorist" act in the US being committed by a member of the tea party who snaps.


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