Seven tips for watching online films legally
There are only a few people who have never been, whether deliberately or inadvertently, involved in online piracy. Piracy is undoubtedly convenient and cheap, but it is also illegal and may result in a fine or even a prison sentence. Therefore, NJORD shares recommendations on how to avoid such consequences.
- Be aware of free films that can be streamed / downloaded without payment or subscription.
- Be aware of available films that are still in the cinemas - this typically indicates that the film cannot be purchased or rented legally yet.
- Check if the website where you want to watch / rent films from is an authorized distributor – for instance by searching the company name via Google.
- If you are in doubt as to whether the film is made available legally, avoid clicking “watch”, “stream” or “download” as this may constitute a violation of the Copyright Act.
- Avoid downloading film files that contain words such as “torrent”, “HDRip”, “DVDRip” or similar words not usually associated with film titles.
- Make sure you secure your work / home Internet connection with a password, so others cannot use it for illegal file sharing / downloading of films without your knowledge.
- Avoid file sharing services / networks like Popcorn Time, The Pirate Bay, BitTorrent and others.