Islam/watching movies online
Please tell me if I watch tv shows and movies through websites like tubeplus.me, stagevu.com and youtube, will there be any issue from islamic point of view?
My main concern is copyright issues. but these sites are so open and viewed all over the world with no legal action against them. In my country also such sites are not banned. if there were any legal concerns, wouldn't all such sites be banned by countries? Moreover, the main parties having the copyrights also must know that their movies and shows are available for free on these world famous websites. But still even they haven't taken any legal action against these sites.
so what should I do? Are peer to peer sharing sites ok? is watching and downloading ok since we do have the permision of the site and the person we are downloading from?
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim (In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
As per the Quran
Quran [33:59] O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women that they should cast their outer garments over their bodies (when abroad) so that they should be known and not molested"
Quran [24:30] Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.
Quran [24:31] And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers! turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.
TV shows or movies - you are ordered to lower your gaze in the presence of non-mahrams.
as for copyright issues, indeed its a crime to use anything without prior permission of its owner.
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( Note: I am not a mufti, if you are in doubt or want 100% accuracy please verify the above hadith with an authentic personality. However I have not altered any hadith and presented it as and how it was found. May Allah forgive our mistakes from time to time...ameen.)