What is the legality of streaming movies online?

The legality of watching movies and TV series online is always debatable. There are people who are of the opinion that regardless of what website a person uses to watch movies online for free, the person is watching the movies illegally. There are people who also believe that if a person can watch a movie online for free, then the movie must have been pirated hence illegal. But is this true? If it is true, why are there so many websites that are allowed to stream free content online? Basically, the answer depends on what a person means by illegal.


A great deal of content available online violates copyright laws. When it comes to the question of legality, therefore, it is the court that must decide what is legal or not in light of what the copyright material really is on an intellectual property and the specifics covered in that copyright. When it comes to movies on websites, it is not easy to determine what is legal and what is not. But there are many issues that arise and which can clearly define whether streaming movies online is illegal. When you watch tv shows free online, you are getting content from a site that has already paid copyright holders to show the movie on the website. As such, the website is not operating illegally.
But if the site did not pay the copyright holders any amount to stream the movies and the site use the movie to make a profit, the site could be operating illegally. One thing to understand is that you can still watch tv shows online regardless of the legality involved. Besides, if thelegality of streaming movies was easy to define, the biggest movie companies such as Warner Bros, Walt Disney Pictures,etc. would not be spending millions of dollars to protect their copyright. If you want to watch movies online, make sure you watch the movies on licensed websites.