Is It Legal to Show Netflix at Your Business?
Repercussions for Netflix at WorkUnlike businesses that use personal cable TV boxes at work, you probably won't be slapped with any violation of federal law for streaming Netflix at work. A Netflix-equipped business will most likely receive a cease-and-desist letter -- like this one from Jack Daniel's -- from Netflix's counsel, informing it of the unauthorized use of the account and that the account will be terminated if this use continues. If that business chooses to flout the letter and continue to show Netflix to customers or clients, Netflix may choose to sue for breach of contract. Or worse, Netflix can inform the various copyright holders that you are broadcasting copyrighted material without their permission, since your Netflix license is only valid for personal use. And being sued for copyright infringement by Viacom or Turner Broadcasting is not something your small business needs. Until Netflix chooses to start selling commercial licenses like cable and satellite TV companies do, your business will have to leave your streaming TV and movies at home. If you haven't started your business yet, you can complete business formation documents from home with simple, DIY options customized for your state.
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