Kinox.to as the best-known platform for free series and films streaming is, along with Movie4k.to and other sites, often in the news, even though it is 2017 and you can buy current movies after a short time legally on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Co for free can look. There is currently another legally effective decision with regard to the free streaming of films and series on the Internet: the Court of Justice of the European Union announced in Case C-527/15 on April 26, 2017 that, among other things, the offer and use of media players for illegal offers of films and series are unlawful. The other versions in a tripartite judgment But the mere use of Kiniox.to and Co. does not go unpunished either.
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Judgment 2017: Kinox.to and Co are illegal offers for films and series
In the specific case, it was about a playback device that is coupled to the television and that enables free access to films and series on the Internet via the installed software. However, one also reads this in the above linked document of the Court of Justice:The Court has also ruled that acts of temporary reproduction on that multimedia media player of a copyrighted work by streaming it from a third party website offering that work without the permission of the copyright holder are not excluded from the reproduction right."
If you apply this sentence not only to the device offered, but to all computers, tablets, smartphones, etc., then any streaming via sites such as Kinox or Movie4K is unlawful and illegal. Films, series and documentaries should, if it is already an online stream, be realized through legal providers.
Streaming on the Internet: Exemption for private copies only
In the third to last paragraph of the linked paper, criteria are listed that describe exceptions to illegal streaming. It says exactly: "[It] an act of reproduction is only excluded from the reproduction right if it meets the following five requirements: (1) the act is temporary; (2) it is fleeting or accompanying; (3) it represents an integral and essential part of a technical process; (4) The sole purpose of this procedure is to enable a transmission in a network between third parties through an intermediary or a lawful use of a protected work or a protected object, and (5) this act has no independent economic significance.“- In short: private copying is legal.
Do you have to expect an advertisement as a user?
This article is not legal advice, just an overview of the research results on the topic in question. However, I can recommend you an article that was written by a lawyer on the said judgment of the ECJ. It describes that users usually do not have to fear an advertisement, since providers such as Kinox.to or previously Kino.to hardly save user data such as the IP, etc. But whoever has registered as a premium user or otherwise registered as a user can be determined by reading the servers of Kinox and Co.
"In contrast to the file-sharing process, the requirements themselves should remain manageable, since no streams are distributed but merely consumed. The warning costs have been capped for some time at around 150 euros in the private sector, the compensation for damages per film consumed should be around 5-10 euros.", is it [called in the said article.
Cheap alternatives like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
Good quality, low costs, legal streaming and a free trial month with all content such as films, series and documentaries: if you want to save yourself a warning and penalties, you should consider legal streaming. You can find a little guide on the topic in my article on Amazon Prime Video.
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