Tennessee passes state internet entertainment theft bill

June 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces, Telecommunications | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State lawmakers in country music’s capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend’s login — even with permission — to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody.

The bill, now awaiting the governor’s signature, was pushed by recording industry officials to try to stop the loss of billions of dollars to illegal music sharing. They hope other states will follow.

Tennessee would become the first state to update its theft-of-cable laws for the 21st century and address the new trend toward Internet delivery of entertainment, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. [Full story]

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