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Is My Website Legal?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by NathanEG, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. NathanEG

    NathanEG Power Member

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    Okay, this is an honest question and I have researched, but haven't found a good answer.

    Situation: I created a test website in the "watch tv shows online" niche.

    I'm ranking on the first page for two keywords, both are "watch (insert show) online".

    Now that the site is ranked, I decided to embed videos of the tv shows, but I'm linking back to the source I found them on.

    My website does not host the videos.

    In fact, the website I got the videos from doesn't even host the videos.

    So, what do you think? Am I going to Federal prison for copyright infringement or will I be okay?

    I'm planning on using the site for easy AdSense earnings.

    Alright awesome, thanks guys.
     
  2. mickyfu

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    Well the TVshack owner got done for doing the same thing.
     
  3. dinkish

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    It would be wiser not to embed, and have a disclaimer and notice that they are being redirected to a shared video hosting site.

    If you're in the US, I probably wouldn't even link it in a new window with a disclaimer\notice, despite not hosting or uploading it yourself. I know in some countries, if you provide a review or synopsis of each episode, it some how isn't illegal, from what I've read anyways.

    You'd probably be best served by including links to official networks's streams if you were still going through with this any how. This is also another reason why a lot of site operators aren't hosting in the US, let alone with a .com TLD, a lot of the times their domain will be suspended, even if they don't face charges.
     
  4. NathanEG

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    Okay, so embedding is a no-go.

    Do you think I can still profit from this site even if I don't have the tv shows actually on the website?
     
  5. dinkish

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    Most streaming tv sites are just indexed with links any how.

    Profit? Prior to adsense banning you, perhaps. They'd very likely see even links to this content as a breach of agreement. I'd be more worried about long-term self preservation quite frankly.

    I don't think posting a notice\disclaimer that they're about to leave your site to a shared video hosting site, and a DMCA compliance notice stating that you don't host\upload\control any of those links, and simply asking they direct those complaints\requests to the responsible hosting parties is a sure way out though.
     
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    Disclaimers won't help you, the site is illegal as hell. If you are from US, I would advice you not to even bother for your own safety. If you live outside of US and European Union, then it's easier.
    Only time such a disclaimer would help is, if your site was "safe harbor" and all your content would be uploaded or embeded by regular users... where your only responsibility would be deleting the reported stuff. But since you are uploading everything yourself, it's no way legal. But it's up to you.
     
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    They can still get you if they wanted to, this isn't a long term thing IMO.
     
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    train yourself in soap handling :)
     
  10. luckysunny

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    adsense will not allow these things , like tv shows , online movies , online tv etc . bcs these r copyright . but you can use other ppc network for your tv shows website .
     
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    I doubt you'll end up going to prison... they really only go after the big guys it seems. The smaller ones they just hit with lawsuits.

    Anyway, there is no way that you'll get paid if you plan on using Adsense. They'll ban you in an instant.
     
  12. 7thAmigo

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    If you don't have content owner's permission to stream online, then it's not legal. Simple as that.