Skip to comments.Tenn. passes Web entertainment theft bill
Posted on 06/02/2011 7:47:54 PM PDT by MichiganMan
NASHVILLE, Tenn. 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, which has been signed by the governor, 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.
The legislation was aimed at hackers and thieves who sell passwords in bulk, but its sponsors acknowledge it could be employed against people who use a friend's or relative's subscription.
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Thats always a good practice to follow when creating new criminal laws.
That is a yahoo report. Using a false identity to receive their goods isn’t complicated.
“he wasn’t familiar with the details of the legislation,”
Isn’t familiarity with the details of all new legislation part of your friggin’ JOB DESCRIPTION, Guv?
What, Big Brother is going to be snooping in on private conversations now? How the heck are they going to catch someone using a friend's password and then having to prove it in a court of law? Nope, ain't gonna happen. Not that there's anything Hollyweird puts out that's worth watching.
Meanwhile 369 million Chinese laugh their arses off.
Sounds like a gigantic waste of time.
People who sell stolen credit card numbers are usually out of the reach of US authorities.
I wonder how much money they’ll waste trying to enforce this law?
Name one congressman who read the stimulus bill. They’re all just alike. The next law that’s passed should be to limit bills to a single 8.5” x 11” page with 1” margins in Times Roman 12 font. The would take care of pork and other bs and perhaps they might find time to read the thing before voting.
I’m in favor of the CONCEPT of this law; however, the devil is in the IMPLEMENTATION.
I’m really getting quite ill at legislators who promote, vote for, or sign things without having a clue what’s in the bills. 10th graders could do better.
Sort of depends on who he's working for, don't you think?
He’s doing it mostly for music downloads. It is very obscure and follows terms of agreement conditions. It’s a placate for mass downloads. TOA already defines this in all downloads. It’s a non-issue.
Oh don't worry about little stuff like that. The friendly representatives of the recording industry assured Gov. Haslam that nothing bad would come from it. Either that or they just told him to sign the bill that was in front of him. One or the other I suppose.
Will bugmenot.com now be a criminal offense?
If the law allows Netflix to track back on the IP address used, then they can spot suspicious usage. If the same login is used by multiple IP addresses, and the secondary addresses are not mobile hotspots, but home routers, they can shut down the account and refer it to law enforcement as theft. Without the law, they probably do not have the authority to trace the IP addresses.
This is the problem with any business model that offers unlimited usage for a fixed monthly charge, and that can be easily shared. It’s like going to an all-you-can-eat restaurant and trying to tell them the wife won’t eat, she’s just there to keep you company. At least with Netflix’s original DVD by mail service, the customer could only get three(?) DVDs at a time and then had to return them before ordering more. Tougher to share a neighbor’s account that way. Now, with their downloading service, it is much easier to share an account and not pay for it.
You mean nobody has routers set up so a few neighbors share the same service. I thought that was common.
Probably, but it is a violation of their service agreement with their internet provider. They are breaking the law and could be prosecuted (or sued in civil court) for theft of service. These are not victimless crimes — each person that gets service for free reduces the revenue of the provider, and requires the provider to raise prices for everybody else. It is direct theft from the company and indirect theft from all those other customers who are not cheating.
How am I going to tell my neighbor not to tap into my wifi? The signals goes through the neighborhood. Am I supposed to put up a lead wall around my yard? Im not the police for the cable company.
It is the same with the satellite signal tresspassing on my yard. I did not ask for their signal all over my house. If I get their tv from my own yard with my own equipment how am I in the wrong. Thats crazy. If that is the way they think then I want them to stop putting their signal in MY yard
Every wifi router includes simple security to prevent unintended access. Your ISP agreement that you agreed to by using their service included a contractual clause binding you from sharing it outside your household. You shouldn’t have signed the contract if you didn’t agree to the terms of service.
Maybe you should push your scenario to its logical conclusion and ask yourself how your ISP will be able to provide you with service if only one person per neighborhood is actually paying for it ? You’ll have no internet service if they go out of business.