Password sharing your HBO, Netflix accounts

Now that the NYTimes has made this a general discussion issue…

If you watch HBO or use Netflix by using a friend’s password, thus managing to avoid paying for the service yourself, is that acceptable digital-native behavior or is it piracy?

And this is why we can’t have nice things.

The only thing this is going to lead to is an increase in restrictions from HBO, Netflix, et al to require us to register the MAC addresses for our machines and limit the number of devices we allow to use their service.

It’s going to be confusing and difficult for many.

UPDATE, 22 April 2013 – Netflix Seen Cracking Down on Sharing to Bolster Profit