Anime legality question
Posted 1/2/11
Hi. I don't know if this is the best place to post this question, but I'm wondering if it's okay (legally) to watch anime that's hosted on a website.

Say, for example, I watch a series on a website that only embeds the content from another website (e.g. veoh, dailymotion) on their page. Their legal disclaimer says that they only embed content and are strictly against copyright infringement etc etc. Is it okay for me, who didn't upload anything, and is only viewing the media, to do this?

Thanks
Posted 1/2/11
Streams are legal.
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Posted 1/2/11

Suisighd wrote:

Streams are legal.

Streaming is only a method of delivery. It does not confer legality.



aengle1429 wrote:

Hi. I don't know if this is the best place to post this question, but I'm wondering if it's okay (legally) to watch anime that's hosted on a website.

Say, for example, I watch a series on a website that only embeds the content from another website (e.g. veoh, dailymotion) on their page. Their legal disclaimer says that they only embed content and are strictly against copyright infringement etc etc. Is it okay for me, who didn't upload anything, and is only viewing the media, to do this?

Thanks

Sites that have such disclaimers are almost certainly streaming pirated content, and are not as ignorant of that fact as they would like you to believe. If the site is linking to Megavideo or MySpace video, for example, that is certainly true.

I don't know of any nation where it is legal for unlicensed content to be uploaded, but there may be some exceptions for viewing it, similar to Canada's exception for downloading of music, due to a levy on certain recordable media. I do know, however, that in the United States, it is indeed considered copyright infringement to upload, download, or stream material that you have not been granted or purchased rights to.


Beyond the legal question is your own personal morals. It is always best to check if their are licensed alternatives before resorting to pirated material. Even for material that is not licensed now, ask yourself what action you will take if it is licensed later? Would you view the same series again on an ad-supported site, pay a premium to watch it, or buy or rent the DVDs?




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