Are you used to handing out your Netflix passwords to friends? Might want to rethink that, Tennessee residents. That common practice has just been outlawed by state lawmakers.
The groundbreaking measure 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 and Rhapsody.
The bill was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam and takes effect July 1. Apparently, downloading or streaming just one song or movie would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Any illegal downloads valued at over $500 would be considered a felony, with heavier penalties.
Tennessee is the first state to update its theft-of-cable laws to include web-based subscription, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, the group behind the new bill.