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Is it legal to share your Netflix account? If you're among the nearly 30 million Americans with a Netflix streaming account, there's a good chance you're sharing it with friends and family.
But while Netflix seems to be encouraging sharing accounts with its new "profiles" feature, there is no legal guarantee that Netflix won't sue you for sharing.
Sharing Netflix may stand on uncertain legal ground, but here are some basic legal considerations to help you decide if sharing accounts is right for you.
Under "Netflix Service," the terms currently authorize an account holder to stream movies and TV shows on up to "six unique authorized Netflix ready devices" and limits the number on which you can watch simultaneously.
The sort of restrictions with streaming services like Netflix are essentially contract terms, defining the nature of the agreement you entered into by accepting Netflix's offer to exchange its services for a monthly fee.
If you violate those terms in any way, you are likely in breach of your contact with Netflix, which means the streaming company may have cause to sue you.
So can you get sued for sharing your Netflix account password? Yes and no.
While a Tennessee law criminalizes sharing Netflix and other entertainment subscription services in the same category as stealing cable TV, there is no indication that Netflix has plans to report Tennessee users.
In a worst-case scenario, a claim by Netflix against you for sharing your account will likely go to arbitration, where a judge will assist you and a Netflix lawyer in reaching a resolution without a trial or formal litigation.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.