Can I legally set up a nonprofit website with movie trailers that points to file share servers?

ilie lucian April 22, 2011

Is a nonprofit website with movie links pointing to file share servers and embedded movie trailers legal?

  1. Mike
    April 23, 2011 at 12:55 am

    There are various factors you have to think about. First and foremost you have to play within your web hosts Terms of Service.

    As for embedding trailers it depends on where those trailers are located and whether you are allowed to embed them. For example if you embed trailers uploaded to YouTube there shouldn't be any problem.

    Linking to file sharing servers is kind of tricky:
    First of all you have to check whether the ToS allows it.
    If it does you have to keep in mind that while you are not responsible for the content of linked pages you are responsible for the link itself.

    Now, if you link to the index page of some file sharing site you are fine. But if you link directly to a page containing illegal content it's kind of a gray zone.
    While you can dissociate yourself from a web sites content via a Disclaimer you can't deny that you linked to this one page with the content. After all you are the one who put the link on your page and you usually don't do it by randomly putting characters behind the domain name.

    In general you should be fine as long as you follow the first rule however your web host might shut you down to protect themselves from any legal trouble.

  2. Trey Smith
    April 10, 2011 at 2:55 am

    faster my ass, MAC's blow.

  3. Anonymous
    April 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    PCs cant run mac OS because MAC OS is designed NOT to run on any non-apple hardware. But a few minutes of youtube search can tell you how you can run mac os even on your PC. PCs have a million times more software than macs so obviously, there are chances of them crashing. But with Windows 7 or a fully updated Windows XP, there are close to no crashes ever. Multimedia has been a plus point for macs for some time but that time is now gone. A windows PC with the latest GPUs has many times more software and power to do any multimedia work. And type-styles render perfect in Windows

  4. Anonymous
    April 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    wow. ok.

    Most people don't care about photo, video, music editing.
    There are less viruses for Macs because hackers and malware writers DO NOT CARE about macs because there is never anything important on them to steal. Also the fact there are so many more windows pc's means that there are obviously going to be more viruses for them.
    The reliability one is just complete nonsense.
    I have a pc, why the hell would i want to run mac os????
    Even when people have a mac they still can't resist installing windows, because it is superior.
    Fonts have always looked fine on windows.

    And last but not least, who gives a toss about "colour matching"

    • Andrew Gould
      April 11, 2011 at 1:13 am

      Who gives a toss about colour matching? Everyone in the print and publication industry for a start.

      • Anonymous
        April 11, 2011 at 5:40 am

        Almost every good software designed for printing jobs like CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator etc already do color matching on Windows so there.

      • Anonymous
        April 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

        negligible amount of people

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