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Downloading vs. Streaming

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I understand the copyright laws and how they work. What I don't get is how you can go to something like nbc.com and stream and watch full episodes of your favorite tv shows, but if you turn around and download the same episodes it's considered piracy. Both ways mass public can view the media whenever they want, and for free. Is letting people streaming it a company's way of getting people to stop downloading it? Sites like hulu.com, you can watch tv shows in digital quality, with limited commercial interuption, and you can find just about anything you want to watch. All it takes is an HDMI cable and your watching it on your plasma or lcd just like cable.
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NBC.com owns the copyright to their own shows so they can do what they wish with them which is to allow viewers to watch teir favorite episodes online. Doesn't stand that the download is piracy. Just how you use the content you downloaded from the web page. That's why it is best to read the copyright notice or Terms of Use before downloading any content. Personal use on your own computer is not always copyright infringement. Some do have much stricter controls over their content like the Digital Rights Management you run into with music.

YouTube has copyright control, but you'll notice that many videos are provided with embed codes. Those will have the necessary logos, etc., when you play them locally or on your own web site. Were you to try to make money from a collection of those, you would get a letter quickly from YouTube's lawyers.

Sites like Hulu.com has paid rights fees to stream movies. Music rights may have been through ASCAP.

Didn't try to get all that in any order, but links may give you more ideas.

Noone is denying you the ability to watch it in HDTV or however you want to watch it. The sourcing of it makes a difference which is why [email protected] is not approved and you receive no help with it except to remove it from your computer.
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