Streaming on the Internet: Stiftung Warentest clarifies about cost traps

The Internet has numerous cost traps. If you want to stream current films and series, you should pay attention to some information.

Berlin (dpa)-Who wants to save the cost of the cinema evening often fall back on streams on the Internet to look at the latest Hollywood strip. Without paying anything and simply on the laptop, the latest films can usually be streamed. But the Stiftung Warentest warns: Free streaming is not always legal.

Streaming on the Internet: Copyrights could be injured-illegal streaming

One thing is clear: to download copyrighted films from the network is illegal. A warning must be expected here. It looked different for streaming for a long time. Because here the files are not permanently saved on the home computer, but only accessed via the browser or an app.


But in 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that streaming can also violate someone else’s copyright and thus be illegal (Az.: C-527/15). However, only if the user could have recognized that he accesses an illegal source when streaming. Most recently, the streaming provider Sky announced a new name for the subscription.

Streaming on the Internet: Stiftung Warentest recommends pay attention to the offer of the page

But when is that actually the case? According to Stiftung Warentest, the judgment gives an important clue: Streaming users free films or music, which are otherwise only offered for a fee-ETWA via Pay TV channels such as Sky-, you must expect that it is an illegal source. This also applies to current live streams from sports events such as playing the Bundesliga.

In addition, illegal streaming portals Stiftung Warentest can also be seen from the offer. Consumers should be listened, for example, if current movies are offered free of charge online. Especially when it can be seen that the films were filmed from the canvas. Otherwise there is a threat of a warning (more about digital at streaming).

Streaming on the Internet: Missing imprint as a note

Also an indication that the streaming could be illegal and you let it be better: the provider is based abroad, the website is missing on the website and there is no customer service or contact options.

The good news: For platforms such as YouTube, users can assume that it is legally set content. Films, series and videos can also be legally seen here for free.

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