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Q: Is my movie streaming application at risk of copyright infringement?


I am a programmer and I am creating an application involving streaming movies using a revolutionary technology. I am looking for a lawyer with copyright knowledge. The video files are provided as torrents and are not kept on the server. My questions are: Is it legal to stream the movies to users? Does it depend in what country the server is hosted? What other risks do I not know?

Thank you

2 Lawyer Answers
Tania Maria Williams
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • West Palm Beach, FL

A: Streaming the movies without a license to do so violates copyright. Think about Napster and all the MPAA litigation that was going on against ordinary individuals who were downloading content. The damages calculation could get very costly as well so I would caution against it.

Floyd Edwin Ivey
Floyd Edwin Ivey
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Kennewick, WA

A: Streaming is not allowed unless the streamer/streaming company has authorization by the copyright owner. Without authorization the streaming is Copyright Infringement.

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