You know you use them…

There are plenty of sites, two that I can think of in particular but will not name, that are ran solely on the premise that they offer shows that are not available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu.

Often times when you Google “*insert show* watch online”, at the bottom of the findings is something like this… Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 2.50.05 PM.png

The US Digital Millennium Copyright Act – long story short – in the lamens terms of Wikipedia “It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works”.

Regardless of this act, there are multiple sites that allow you to watch television shows without the permission of the distributors of the content. I guess my question is, how are they are able to shut down a few links without shutting down the source sites for the illegal content?

There definetly should be stronger laws and regulation for the amount of TV that you can watch online illegally and how easily you can find it. The outcome may be that people aren’t able to watch the shows, but it would in turn cost a lot less damage to the revenue and intellectual property of the people making the shows. Or even, the possibility of the creation of a sight that does this legally could be made if the illegal ones were stopped given that so many people watch their television online now.

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1 Comment

  1. “I guess my question is, how are they are able to shut down a few links without shutting down the source sites for the illegal content?”
    I was wondering the same thing. I am no technological pro, but I think there are just so many of them that it is impossible to find each and every one. Also there are ways to get around copyright restrictions if they limit places from where you can watch certain content. For example, if a TV show is only available to watch from the USA, you can use browser extension Hola that ‘redirects the request to go through the computers and internet connections of other users in non-blocked areas’.
    I think to tackle the issue of piracy we need to do more that just blocking the web sites. Many people may just not understand that they are doing something illegal and harm the people who produce the content they like so much,

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