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Ruling suggests it's against the law to share streaming service passwords

Ruling suggests it's against the law to share streaming service passwords

The ruling says, in part, that sharing passwords can be grounds for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. (Source: FOX 8 graphic) The ruling says, in part, that sharing passwords can be grounds for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. (Source: FOX 8 graphic)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Some people think a federal appellate court ruling suggests you break the law when you share access to online streaming services like Netflix and HBO GO.

The ruling came down July 5 in San Francisco. It says, in part, that sharing passwords can be grounds for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The decision, according to a dissenting opinion on the case, risks making millions of people who share passwords into "unwitting federal criminals."

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