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Is a movie site illegal?

Discussion in 'CPA' started by alex_boo, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. alex_boo

    alex_boo Newbie

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    I was just wondering if having a movie/tv site is illegal? I read a few cases where linking or having embed copyrighted content on your site could get you in trouble.

    Do you guys care about that and what do you do to avoid any legal trouble?
     
  2. pr0xy

    pr0xy Regular Member

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    Just go to santrexhosting ( google it ) and if you host it in netherlands or somewhere offshore, they can't really target you. Hope you start your site :)
     
  3. Rockin

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    If you become big enough, or are unlucky the MPAA could try and target you if you live in the US, or somewhere with copyright laws.
     
  4. pyronaut

    pyronaut Executive VIP

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    Its only a matter of time. Until then though you can make good money. Its like torrent search engines, or small torrent sites. Yes its illegal, but they have bigger fish to fry, atleast for the time being.
     
  5. RamChaturvedi

    RamChaturvedi Supreme Member

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    Thats correct..If you are playing to some moderate level its ok..but if you gonna play real big...You can be charged!! :D
     
  6. Quattro

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    It is a violation of copyrights, which is a civil matter. You won't goto jail for it, but you can get sued for it... do some research, and read up on the sites that have been sued. It's a risky business and the MPAA has been very proficient in shutting down these sites and suing the owners. I would advise you to stay away form it.
     
  7. Sneeks

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    i think theres a fine line between hosting the vidoes and redirecting them also
     
  8. alex_boo

    alex_boo Newbie

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    Yes, I would not host the videos on my website, just link to them. Is that better or could still mean trouble?
     
  9. dietbird

    dietbird Junior Member

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    I don't think you could get in trouble for a simple embed. After all, you haven't uploaded the file, nor is it anywhere on your PC or anything.

    It's the same as putting a link to it. No one can actually tell you dzwat for putting a link to anything. They can, in rare cases, make you remove it, but that's about it.

    You can cover your ass with something like this:

    If putting links to copyrighted material was illegal, Google wouldn't have existed.
     
  10. Quattro

    Quattro Junior Member

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    You can't use the google argument for this. Google is an automated search enginge that indexes everything (they are also protected under the 'safe harbors provision', look up what that means).. when they get DMCA requests they do take down their content... and what makes you think they don't have any lawsuits against them?

    Even if you are linking you are still infrining, it's called contributory infringment. You are purposley indexing, organizing and linking the material, so you are still liable.
     
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  11. dietbird

    dietbird Junior Member

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    Wow, I really didn't know that. It's nice to hear an educated response.
     
  12. cashnone

    cashnone BANNED BANNED

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    Here you go, http://lmgtfy.com/?q=mpaa+movie+linking+site+lawsuit
    it is illegal if they find you, you will be sued.
     
  13. liquidrage

    liquidrage Junior Member

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    Kayzne posted a thread yesterday with a nice informative video. You might want to find that thread and then decide.
     
  14. pyronaut

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    Correct.

    Hence why torrent sites are being screwed atm.

    And also hence why places like rapidshare still exist. If rapidshare gets a DMCA, they will take down the content. And then someone just reuploads it, but still they take it down. This is different to say napster, who told the world to go f*** themselves and wouldnt take anything down (Or pirate bay actually).
     
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    Has anyone got any information on the result of all these lawsuits? It doesn't really matter if the site gets shut down, but as in have they been fined etc?
     
  16. alex_boo

    alex_boo Newbie

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    Let's say you start a company and have this website under the company's asset. Could you be personally liable? Or if worst case scenario you have to shut down the website and declare bankruptcy for your company?
     
  17. ``Yousef

    ``Yousef Power Member

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    What if you were to "pretend" that you have a movie on your site, and then look that page with say CPA L34D's gateway. Could that still be construed as some kind of "encouragement towards piracy" or something? Or can they not pin jack shit on you because your not embedding, linking to, or hosting any copyright infringing material.
     
  18. haxorzspain

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    or an alternative would be to find an alreasy established movie site and just embedd the video link to your site and state in the privacy plicy that none of the files are actually on your server
     
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    ``Yousef Power Member

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    Did you read above no offense? It's considered contributory infringement meaning that you don't necessarily host then content, but you aid in distributing it by linking or embedding it. You can still get done for it.
     
  20. dietbird

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    And did YOU read the above? No offense.