President Obama signs Netflix social sharing bill

President Obama signs Netflix social sharing bill
A couple weeks ago, we heard about a bill that had been passed by congress which would finally change the law to allow for video rental information to be shared on social networks, as long as the video provider obtained permission from the customer. President Obama has finally signed the bill into law, and so we are expecting Netflix to turn on social sharing any day now. 

With the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act of 2012 (awesome name, right?), Netflix will be able to share viewing habits of consenting users, meaning sharing via Facebook, Twitter, and maybe Google+ as well. Video providers will have to get “informed, written consent" of users, and users will be able to remove consent at any time on a “case-by-case" basis, or per video basis.

It's been considered the Netflix social sharing bill, because Hulu went against the law and added the features anyway. Netflix held off until the law was enacted, and now that's done. Netflix already has the option turned on in other countries, and has made it clear that it's almost ready to be implemented, but there's no word yet on when the feature will be rolled out. 

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42 Comments

1. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Good old congress. Glad to know they are right on top of what matters most. Not the 14 trillion dollar debt, poor economy, job creation, losing ground to China, Civil rights for all Americans, education reform, nah. FACEBOOK, that's what we need to vote on!

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yeah, no kidding, but this is what our government does nowadays...since 9/11 they sign bills into law that slowly erode our Bill of Rights, allow a private institution or banking cartel to run the 'Federal' reserve and allow the misuse of the filibuster. Yep, this bill signed into law pretty much sums up what our country is about.

33. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Many of the problems you listed aren't simple fixes. This IS a simple fix. The other issues take time and thought. Education reform will take many months, many years, of people working together across party lines. It will take ages to reach an agreement. And then there's the whole debt thing. A solid chunk (a third, give or take) of that debt is owed to the US government. The US government is also owed a lot of money from foreign nations. And as for losing ground to China, I've no idea what you're talking about. The US crushes China economically, militarily, and (most importantly) in terms of human rights. It's just a lot of fear-mongering.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh we beat them in human rights for sure. However, they are catching up quickly in the military through good ol fashioned espionage, research, and help from Russia. Economically, they own us. Our "borrowing" is all Chinese money. They have been playing currency games for years that is meant to devalue the dollar. They are also only a year or 2 away from overtaking us economically since we keep voting for fools that keep hurting our economy even more than it already was.

36. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

No. Their military is absolutely nowhere near the American military. They have numbers in terms of soldiers, but that's where everything goes downhill. Besides, unless we want to invade China, armies are irrelevant. The American Navy would stop a Chinese invasion before they got a quarter of the way across the Pacific. China can not and will not invade the United States, and they are probably decades from either. We don't owe China nearly as much as you think. As of October, we owed them around $1.1 trillion. And if they're looking to devalue the dollar, they're shooting themselves in the foot. Those American Treasury bonds will drop in value as well.

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they would never invade us through military. they have to take us economically... and they have been at war with us economically for a while. You should read up on current economic news. Read up on their currency wars. Its an interesting long term strategy that seems like its not too far to fruition. The main thing holding up the value of the dollar is that its the international currency trading standard. China is working day and night to convince the world to use the Yuan instead of the dollar. If it ever works they kick the main pillar out from under a very fragile house of american cards.

38. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

China would inflate its currency to increase its net exports, but they would drive up prices for its own consumers at the same time. Inflation is good for growth only in the short term. According to widely accepted economic thought, stagflation happens when workers begin to expect and account for inflation. Not so much of a problem if the country's union rights policy is "execution," but that goes back to human rights. So China can take its pick: increase exports or have 20th century human rights. It's impossible to use the Yuan as a reserve at the moment.

2. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

What I watch during my private time is my business. This is a complete privacy issue. There might be professionals that watch scary or slasher movies and might have co-workers on their Facebook. Or someone religious that has their church. Friends on Facebook and decides to watch a rated R movie or Gangster movie or a something with spirits. Pretty sure this is controversial and if this is true im taking down my membership. BS!

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

you do not have to share

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its just like anything else, you will have to hit a "share movie to facebook/ect" button to share it.. its not automatic and its not mandatory.

3. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

"With the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act of 2012 (awesome name, right?), Netflix will be able to share viewing habits of consenting users, meaning sharing via Facebook, Twitter, and maybe Google+ as well." "Netflix will be able to share viewing habits of consenting users, meaning sharing via Facebook, Twitter, and maybe Google+ as well." "Netflix will be able to share viewing habits of consenting users" "CONSENTING USERS"

4. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Yea consenting until they change it without your knowledge.

8. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

And? If the government wants to know that my wife and I watch a sh*t ton of The Office and Supernatural who cares?

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Changing it without your knowledge would be illegal by this law, so you would be able to sue them and win.

20. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Or how hard would they make it to opt out? I remember FB's privacy changes.

21. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

As per the law, you can opt out easily, or on a per video basis.

5. Obdabeast

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

WTF is the point of this ? really.. who REALLY needs to know WTF your watching.. glad I left netflix 1channel.ch, FTW!!!

15. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Same reason to share news you read, music you listen to, and apps you like. The recommendation of friends is a very valuable thing.

13. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I am defending Obama. If this bill passes congress, HE MUST do his job and take it into consideration. He has to do everything.

18. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

if only cable was more affordable everyone will not need netflix. The congress and president should spend more time worrying about that than netflix.

24. kselders7

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

I would be ashamed of my self, posting that.

32. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You...you cannot be serious. No, I refuse to believe that.

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

why are people so worked up? This is just fixing a minor issue from a previous law from ages ago. You dont have to share jack.. its all voluntary. It will be like any website, music player, ect where there will be a " share to..." button to let your friends know what your watching... if you want. the government isnt creating a secret netflix database (they already know what your watching, they spy on citizens regularly under patriot act protections). If you dont want to share, dont hit the button.. but it will be no more invasive than checking in at places or sharing news stories on your FB page.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

BTW, there are hundreds of members of congress and the senate all working on projects and bills. Washington can do more than 1 thing at a time. That said, they tend to get the small stuff like this right a lot more often than they ever get the big crap right like taxes and deficits. BTW, the "previous president" didnt create the mess (alone). He just got a lot of the blame for it. Go read who the authors of the worst bills were.. you might be surprised if you listen to mainstream media. Obozo, like him or not, has doubled the deficit that took 200 YEARS to create before him in his first 4 years and is actually increasing deficit spending under his "deficit reduction measures" they just signed in.

39. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

THIS IS WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS FOCUSING ON? Screw this, I'm moving out of the country. I don't need my Facebook friends seeing what movies I'm watching anyways. They already see my birthdate, relationship status, stuff I choose to post, pictures I like, posts I comment on, Instagram photos, articles I read, etc etc. When will Facebook be like, "OK, that's enough."?

40. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Not to mention checkins, ads, recommendations of pages to like, photos, etc. This makes me want to delete FB. Be right back.

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