24th July was a black day for Project Free TV users when they found out that the website is gone for good and is no longer coming back. Upon visiting the main domain, it redirects the user to a new domain which simply says the word “Goodbye”.
What else the user would do now instead of sharing their thoughts and looking for a new domain where the site should have moved to. Within 2 days a lot of threads popped up on different sites discussing a good alternative to the Project Free TV.
Just after a few days, the original website disappeared we saw a couple of different websites appeared with a similar domain and design. There’s a site www.myprojectfreetv.org which shares an exactly similar design to the main website and is also getting updated frequently.
Not only this but you will find a couple of more sites with the same design and you should not rely on them as they might be malicious.
How do these sites operate?
Most of the Piracy sites out there completely depends on a third-party site for hosting all of its contents. In this way, they try to avoid copyright complaints and stay up for a longer period of time.
Same goes with Project Free TV, they don’t host any of the content on its own instead provide links to the website where the show is actually available.
They stated in their disclaimer page that they don’t take any responsibility for any content available on the site which is posted by its users and they also don’t monitor them.
The website was completely managed by the users but this doesn’t stop them from receiving a cease and desist order and other lawsuits.
The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of any copyrighted content is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment.
Streaming Sites Vs Peer to Peer Download
Streaming pirated contents from a website and downloading something from a peer to peer file sharing websites like Torrent, both have something in common. They both break a lot of rules and regulations and not safe at all. The only difference is how they both operate.
When you download something from a Peer to Peer connection it stores a file on your computer’s hard drive and also allows another computer to download it directly from your hard drive. This is not safe because it is very easy to prove that you got an illegal piece of copyrighted content.
On the other hand, when you stream content online, it doesn’t store anything on your computer. You click the link and the videos play on your browser and once it’s done you close the browser and that’s it but hey! this is also not safe at all because the authorities can easily track your activity. This is why it is always recommended to use a VPN while viewing such contents.
How does it affect the copyright holders?
Piracy sites obtain a copy of content ripped off from a service like Netflix and other copyright holders and distributes them for free on the internet. This allows the user to watch these contents for free and they don’t have to buy different subscriptions. There are a majority of users who try to get the content for free so they don’t have to pay for anything.
In this way, these copyright holders are giving away a huge sum of money whether it’s a paid content or a monthly subscription. This forces them to take legal action against Project Free TV and many other streaming and torrent sites so they are completely blocked and the users won’t be able to access it.