Is free streaming of movies in the internet legitimate? Who decides whether it i

  1. nnms profile image81
    nnmsposted 4 years ago

    Is free streaming of movies in the internet legitimate? Who decides whether it is legitimate or not?

  2. Thief12 profile image90
    Thief12posted 4 years ago

    Depends from where and how you stream it, and what is the status of the film. For example, some legitimate sites like Hulu, Netflix, etc. might put some films available in free streaming, sometimes as an incentive for people to buy their more advanced memberships (Hulu did a Criterion weekend a couple of months ago, and also has several foreign films available for free).

    On the other hand, a lot of people upload films, be it full or in parts, to sites like YouTube or similar websites, without actually having permission to do it. This is because the studio who owns the rights of the film hasn't granted permission to the user or the website to stream their product/property, as opposed to sites like Hulu or Netflix, which do have the rights to stream their films.

    The other factor is the status of the film. Some films, namely films made before 1923, are already classified as public domain and as such, they belong to nobody. Other post-1923 films might also be public domain, if certain conditions are met. Films that are already in the public domain can be broadcast, streamed, shared, copied, etc. any way you wish.

 
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