Streaming the Law: Is Password Sharing on Netflix Illegal in the UK?
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in the UK recently announced that sharing passwords for online streaming services such as Netflix is against the law and breaks copyright law. It is common in the UK for people who do not live together to share their streaming service passwords, despite this typically being against terms of service agreements. While it may be unlikely that anyone will face prosecution for password sharing on Netflix, there are still consequences to consider, including account suspension or termination and financial losses for the streaming service. If you want to legally access Netflix content, consider setting up your own account or a joint account with someone you live with and share the cost of the subscription.