Sharing a Netflix or Rhapsody login? Now a crime in Tennessee

The government in the State of Tennessee has signed a new bill via Gov. Bill Haslam adding “entertainment subscription service” to the same law for walking out without paying for meals and stealing cable.

What this attempted to do was to stop bulk sales of usernames and passwords to sites like Netfix, so prosecutors could go after those making the sales.  The downside is it could affect anyone using someone else’s login, even with their permission.

Imagine a dad buys Netflix for the house.  In the house, you would imagine anyone could log in via any device and stream.  Same location, no issue.  But, if a child goes to school, sits in a cafe or even a friends house, are they now stealing?

I fully agree with the theories they suggest in the article about sharing one login to a dorm floor at college (unless the school owned it and had a group TV in the dorm) as well as selling or giving it to people all over the world to use.

My issue is the broad wording allowed in the measure that would stipulate some form of control, level or gauge to meet a criteria.

Interestingly, Netflix has a rather large distribution center in Tennessee where this law was put into effect.  I wonder if lobbying had any influence?