Is it legal to download free tv episodes

Asked about 3 years ago - Detroit, MI

i want to know if it is legal to download tv episodes for free

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  1. Paul Matthew Fakler

    Contributor Level 6

    Answered . The answer to this question depends on whether the copyright owner of the television series has authorized the website to provide downloads. If the website offering the downloads is not licensed or otherwise authorized by the copyright owner, it is not legal for you to download the episodes.

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  2. James Juo

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . It depends on whether the download was authorized by the copyright owner, and what conditions were imposed on the use of the downloaded episode (such as not copying or sharing the episode with another). If it was authorized, then it would be legal (provided that you do not violate the conditions). If you are referring to unauthorized file sharing, this would not be legal.

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  3. Maurice N Ross

    Pro

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . The fact that an episode can be viewed "free" on-line or on television does not make it legal to download it. It is possible that the terms of use allow consumers to download and review the episodes without compensation, but the answer depends on the specific facts, circumstances, and contractual terms involved with each particular episode. Be careful, however. Downloading and sharing copyrighted material can get you in a lot of trouble if you do so without appropriate authorizations and licenses. Many content producers of music, films and television programming are very aggressive in bringing law suits against individuals who illegally download materials for their own use. If you have any doubt about whether it is legal to download, don't do it.

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