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Big Money Lawsuits Over Account Sharing, Password Violations

Jordan Weissmann writes in Legal Times how lending user identification to enable others to share your accounts can prove very costly. Online subscription services are using revenue recovery solutions to  monitor user accounts for fraudulent use and license violations. In the case described, one online service provider is using copyright law to seek "enhanced damages," instead of seeking judgement on subscription fees only. The defendents (those who used the service, as well as those who shared the account) are being accused of illegally distributing content. This raises the cost from a mere $5000 to cover fees, to $150,000 per  database that was accessed.