The Afdah.tv website aggregates movies from all over the Internet, many of which are stored illegally on other websites. According to FindLaw, watching these movies falls into a legal grey area.
A conspicuous notice in the sidebar of all Afdah.tv sites states that it does not host any of the movies it indexes. As a result, Afdah.tv accepts no responsibility for the legality or illegality of the films available for viewing. If illegally uploaded content is indexed there, the hosting company bears accountability for the content.
Viewers of Afdah content, whether legal or not, are generally safe from legal action. Streamed video content is either offered as a temporary full copy of the movie or is gradually destroyed as it is watched, according to FindLaw. In the viewpoint of copyright law, this renders the content “fleeting” and uncopyable, leaving the viewer in the clear. Some courts, however, have found that such temporary copies are also illegal.
The MPAA and other copyright holders rarely seek legal action against viewers of streamed video, according to FindLaw, because they are tough to track down and prosecute. Illegal content distributors, particularly huge streaming services, are far more likely to be prosecuted.
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