Is StreamSmart Legal in the United States?
This is the number one question I get about the StreamSmart TV Box. Let’s dive deep into this matter. Is streaming legal?
There is a discussion of this topic in an article from Business Insider, by Christina Sterbenz. Jim Gibson, Director of the Intellectual Property Institute at the University of Richmond law school was interviewed by Business Insider on the matter of streaming online content breaking the law in two cases. Jim Gibson said this:
“When the user downloads even part of a file — called pseudo-streaming — it counts as a copy of copyrighted material, which is illegal. And when the user streams content as a public performance — namely, when it’s shown to a substantial number of people outside the normal family circle and its close acquaintances — it also constitutes a copyright violation. Outside of these cases, accessing unlicensed streamed content is generally legal.”
So, is StreamSmart legal? StreamSmart does not fall under either of these cases. StreamSmart will stay legal as long as the Internet stays legal. StreamSmart Direct LLC does not host, archive, store, or distribute media of any kind and acts only as an index of media, which is hosted by third parties on the Internet. StreamSmart in no way condones Pirating and any downloading of media to the device is prohibited. The media streams to your TV, but is never stored, retained, or downloaded.