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Is It Illegal To Share Your Netflix Account?

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There are two types of Netflix users in the world. Those that pay for the subscription and those that use the profiles of the users that pay to watch for free.

Sharing Is Caring

Almost everyone has been guilty of either sharing their password or watching for free on a friend’s profile. Netflix has even made it kind of easy by allowing you to set up different profiles for all 30 people on your account so you don’t get confused by each other’s weird suggested content.

We all know it’s technically cheating, but there’s a bigger question — is it legal?

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In the Netflix Terms of Use Section 4.2, it says, “The Netflix service and any content viewed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.” So it’s not technically illegal, but it doesn’t get any clearer than that in terms of the user agreement. They even try to limit sharing by restricting the number of devices the service can be watched on at the same time.

Is It Really A Problem?

Although the terms of use state that it is not to be shared, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said he doesn’t see it as a big problem. “We love people sharing Netflix,” he said. “That’s a positive thing, not a negative thing.”

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The company realizes that sharing your password could eventually leading to those individuals getting their own Netflix account. Then, they might share their account with others, and so on and so forth. Also, though multiple users stream using the same account, the individual streams themselves still count, which is good for the movies and shows on the service.

Not Even Frowned Upon

So although technically against their Terms of Service, the company is seemingly turning a blind eye to it. That is, as long as you’re keeping it in the family and just with friends. If they catch wind that someone is selling their password, that’s a whole different ball game. Ultimately, they realize that everyone does it.

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The best thing you can do is just make sure you’re on the best plan that fits all of the subscribers using your account. It would be a real bummer to try to watch your own Netflix service that you pay for and have to wait due to streaming being at capacity because of your non-paying buds

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