Undoubtedly, TV and movie streaming has now become among the most favorite diversions of online users. In fact, in the United States alone, it was found out that during peak hours, YouTube and Netflix, two popular on-demand streaming media providers, are responsible for up to 70 percent of Internet traffic. It was also found out that more people now prefer TV and movie streaming to downloading large files of such media content which, for so many years, has been the most convenient way of getting movies on the Internet. Why? Because video streaming consumes less time and will not eat up a large memory space on your computer.
The Internet is currently saturated with TV and movie streaming websites that offer both free and paid services – some are legal, while some others are not. Thankfully, a good number of movie enthusiasts turn to legal service providers such as Netflix and Hulu. The reason for these people turning to legal websites is actually very enlightening: why not pay film writers, directors, and producers their dues and risk breaking intellectual property laws if you can stream TV shows and movies for a modest amount and watch them uninterruptedly. If only for the fact that Netflix accounts for some 40 percent of Internet traffic in the U.S., we can safely conclude that some legitimate streaming media providers are successful in their own right.
Unfortunately, not all people are willing to pay a small fee for subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu, among others. Some users do not deliberately violate intellectual property laws. More often than not, they simply are not aware that what they’re doing is already supportive of a crime. Apparently, many others blatantly ignore copyright laws. Many people upload, download, and stream TV shows and movies online without any care for the creative minds that invented the product. This is really quite disturbing, especially that there are more illegitimate TV and movie streaming websites operating on the Internet.
The problem with online streaming is the fact that its legality is debatable. Who is actually guilty of copyright infringement – is it the website owner who uploads copyrighted materials, the viewer, or both?
An intellectual property law provides legal protection to film writers, directors, producers, etc. who own a certain intellectual asset. Under this law, copyrights are provided with a bundle of rights so that others can be prevented from copying or counterfeiting other people’s intellectual property. In the United States, as well as in the other countries that signed the international copyright treaties at the Berne Convention, protection of copyright is automatic. Moreover, since it is automatic, intellectual property owners become legally protected right away even though they have not yet registered in the U.S. Copyright Office. This type of intellectual property law states that once an idea has materialized (into a movie, TV show, etc.), the copyright owner is entitled to enforce his rights.
If you want to be on the good side of the law as far as streaming video content goes, stick to Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and others. In addition, make use of an Android TV box that lets you stream the content directly to your TV screen. As far as legality goes, make sure to search online for a great site for Android TV box info since those reviews tackle the legal aspects of such.