A recent court ruling had people all over the internet terrified that sharing their beloved Netflix passwords would land them in a prison cell next to a guy named Big Rudy. That’s not actually the case here, so don’t freak out that your ex is going to call the feds on you for still watching Family Guy on your iPad.
So I’ll give you the short version of the court case and it’s ruling: David Nosal who worked for a firm called “Korn Ferry International” left the company and had a friend who was still employed there steal some information by using his login information so David can start his own company. In doing so, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision that Nosal violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by acquiring information with proper permission.
Now the only reason Netflix and password sharing came into the picture is because Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt argued that the ruling could land anybody who shares passwords would be violating the CFAA.
So it’s not some new law or act that is going after people who watch “Lethal Weapon” on their ex’s Netflix account.
If you’re still paranoid about starring in the real life “Orange is the New Black” just change your password and leave your ex alone.