Web Entertainment Theft?

By Deane Barker on June 1, 2011

Tenn. passes Web entertainment theft bill: I don’t want to get too political, but this is completely unenforceable and a massive waste of time.

State lawmakers in country music’s capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend’s login – even with permission – to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody.

The bill, now awaiting the governor’s signature, was pushed by recording industry officials to try to stop the loss of billions of dollars to illegal music sharing. They hope other states will follow.

However, just the other day, I was thinking about this very thing.  We have a Netflix account – and by “we” I mean the whole family.  I watch from my iPad, my wife and I watch from our PC, and my son watches from his X-Box.  I caught myself wondering how this impacted Netflix and what they could ever do about it.



  1. Remember, back in the day, when you bought a CD at a music store, put it in your CD player, and listened to it with the whole family ? – and all for the price of one CD !

    Why should Netflix, and others alike, expect revenue from every listener in you house ?

  2. Netflix doesn’t care how many people sit in front of your TV, but does have some limitation (which seem to be changing regularly and not well documented on their site) on how many PCs you can install their ap on and how many devices can be streaming content at the same time.

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