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Bob, Seems if you, as a stockholder, have such a strong objection to the overhead Netflix has with their DVD library, mailing facilities, etc, that you really need to take this up with Netflix instead of the end user. In the end, the executives make the call whether to keep investing in physical media or to do without it altogether. Netflix started as a service that rents DVD by mail. Part of their lure was not just the ala carte system, but the extensive catalog of titles. Imagine someone who subscribed to the service for those reasons wanting to stick with it. While Netflix is certainly evolving with the times, are they really at a point where they can stop video rental entirely and try to become an internet based pay movie/TV channel? Anyone following just this blog can see the issues that Netflix has faces. Because studios also own cable networks and even cable provider services, the emergence of Netflix and Hulu streaming as an alternative to cable and satellite will naturally concern them. Between talk of acing out Netflix of certain titles and cable providers wanting to throttle down internet usage, Netflix streaming is not the be-all, end-all for everyone.
Theft has always been punishable by possible jail time. Times have changed the ways one can steal, but essentially downloading / sharing without paying is theft. Snagging a DVD from Target is theft, sneaking into a theater without paying is a form of theft or at least trespassing. So why isn't unauthorized use of someone's online streaming account or illegally downloading media? Of course, I think that the way such laws are applied aren't always consistent. If I were selling counterfeited Metallica shirts at a concert, I'd surely be arrested, fined, maybe face probation or jail time. If I were an artist at a company where I swiped a graphic off of someone online web comic strip for commercial use, would anyone face jail time? At worst, the company might face a lawsuit. Doubt anyone would see actual jail time. Consequences would likely be limited to civil litigation. This law to me seems unnecessary considering the possible applications. One thing to protect consumers from a hacker stealing and distributing your password. It's another to have local law enforcement potentially go after someone because you wanted to show off Netflix streaming at the neighbor's house by using the neighbor's PC. Seems easy enough for these companies to create almost any terms of service they desire. They can limit the number of devices you, the subscriber, can use before having to buy a new subscription. They can outright say if they believe your service is being shared, they reserve the right to terminate your subscription. Seems the fairest way to go about it, under the threat of civil litigation if they find someone's been sharing the use of service well beyond the bounds of the agreed terms.
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