One of the most common questions you will find on entertainment forums or answer sites like Yahoo Answers is "where can I download or stream movies and television shows for free." We all like to get something for nothing, and in some cases, many people feel entitled to free things. Before you decide to go the free route, read our article about How to Avoid Streaming Media Websites That Are Out to Steal From You.
The interesting dilemma that has arisen from websites that have popped up making entertainment content free for stream or download is that the entertainment industry is feeling the tremendous loss of profits, and they are scrambling to identify a new business model, even for legitimate services that pay royalties due to content owners.
While being a movie producer, movie star, or rock star certainly has the glam factor, the salary is one reason that people take such tremendous risks in this industry. For instance, making a movie costs millions of dollars, and even low budget films tend to stretch the pocketbooks of the backers. The risk that they are gambling on is that they will turn a profit at the box offices, as well as future royalties.
It is estimated that piracy and illegal downloads have cost the U.S. economy $16 billion in lost revenue.
Rights groups for the entertainment industries have been negotiating with top internet providers for years to seek help in putting a stop to this illegal practice. The New York Times reported on July 7, 2011 that internet providers have signed a voluntary agreement, called the Copyright Alert System, to identify customers suspected of digital copyright infringements, and then alerting the the account-holder of the broadband subscription. After a series of six warnings are issued, penalties will be applied to the subscription, including drastically slowing the connection speed, or blocking web browsing, to avoid any further illegal activities. The framework for this type of internet monitoring has its roots in the crackdown of child pornography.
Using the internet to conduct illegal activities is against the terms of service we agree to when we sign up for broadband. ISPs that are cooperating with the Motion Picture Association of America and other groups acting on behalf of independent record companies and film makers, include AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Cablevision.
The media content owners will contact the internet providers with evidence that illegal file-sharing is taking place with tools like BitTorrent. The ISPs will then send out alerts and start enacting penalties. They will not provide names of their customers to the media companies, however.
"This is a sensible approach to the problem of online content theft and, importantly, one that respects the privacy and rights of our subscribers," Randal S. Milch, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Verizon, said in a statement.
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