Figured this would be the best place to ask. Its not my niche but I'm interested in it because I see a lot of these .to/.me sites that people use to upload content (mainly copyrighted) and I see the affiliate managers for these sites post on forums when they open up their programs, but you go to some of these sites and in some cases the homepage video sections don't even work, the homepage is only showcasing a few old videos from the sites initial launch, its obviously just used for uploaders to put up episodes/movies etc. but they sell legit advertising to legit companies on the videos (mainly cleaning products I see advertised) They pay affiliate income to users based on amount of views and what country, you hear good things from the affiliates. How do they skirt the DMCA issues? Do they just put up sites, earn, and then drop it when they finally get attention of the law? Do the companies they are selling advertising to know that their ads are going up on copyrighted material (I would assume so and they just don't care because they want that demo the site owners are offering) I mean the demos are large when it comes to those who view/stream their fav copyrighted material outside of the traditional corporate sites like hulu, etc. I don't want to mention any specific sites but anyone familiar with file sharing will now the sites I'm talking about. Its something I've been interested in exploring for years but don't know how to approach it and how you can earn legitimate income with sites like these if you are based in the US. Do you need to host everything offshore? Figured this would be the best section to discuss this. None of these sites ever stick around that long, but there are so many of them. I know a lot mainly advertise adult sites or things like that but some of them sell advertising to legit products/companies and I just want to know how that works.