Avengers: Endgame is rolling out worldwide now and fans are more than excited. In fact, some are so excited they’ve already posted illegal leaks to the film online. There is no excuse for streaming movies online illegally. Not only is it against the law, but illegal streaming is also bad form and debilitating to the film industry as a whole.
Can you be jailed for watching Avengers Endgame illegally online?
According to the Digital Economy Act, passed in 2017, yes you could be.
The Act means those illegally streaming copyrighted content could face ten-year prison sentences.
The Digital Economy Act a number of areas, including broadband speeds, access to online pornography and government data-sharing.
Most importantly, however, is how it covers a software called Kodi.
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Kodi is a free and open-source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation.
Kodi is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms, from Mac to PCs.
But the main problem with Kodi is the availability of third-party plug-ins for the software.
These facilitate unauthorized access to copyrighted media content, like Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.
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The Digital Economy Act long title is “A bill to make provision about electronic communications infrastructure and services; to provide for restricting access to online pornography; to make provision about protection of intellectual property in connection with electronic communications; to make provision about data-sharing; to make provision about functions of OFCOM in relation to the BBC; to provide for determination by the BBC of age-related TV licence fee concessions; to make provision about the regulation of direct marketing; to make other provision about OFCOM and its functions; and for connected purposes.”
The former minister of state for digital and culture Matt Hancock told the Independent in 2017: “I’m delighted the Digital Economy Act has become law.
“This legislation will help build a more connected and stronger economy.
“The Act will enable major improvements in broadband rollout, better support for consumers, better protection for children on the Internet, and further transformation of government services.”
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Mark Batey, chief executive of trade body the Film Distributors’ Association discussed the ramifications of illegal online streaming with The Guardian in 2014.
Mr Batey said: “There’s a perception that it’s a victimless crime, but it’s not.
“There are just a handful of super successes every year among hundreds of movies that are brought to market.
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“And when a film is copied or made available online, it reduces the value of that film around the world.”
Not to mention the leaked Torrent of Endgame is reportedly terrible quality.
According to TorrentFreak’s report, “It’s semi-rotated and is littered throughout with watermarks for a gambling site that spin around the screen.”
Considering how beautiful and impactful Endgame is, seeing it in cinemas is worth it.
Avengers: Endgame is now playing in UK cinemas.