Free Movies

By: Ken Marlborough

In life, there is no such thing as a free lunch, but amazingly one can watch free movies. Free movies are those movies that are made for free distribution or have entered the public domain. Sometimes free movies may be downloaded from the Internet, which may be done legally or illegally.

Initially, this business started with free movie clips. Movie clips may be screened in a theatre before or after a full-length feature or advertised on certain sites on the Internet, but technology has changed. Movie players can now be downloaded free of charge over the Internet, including the Apple Quick Time Player, The Windows Media Player and The Real Media Player.

Such software can be used to play free movies from the Internet. There are hundreds of sites that offer movies for a small fee. Why spend a fortune on movie tickets when one can watch their favorite movies at a fraction of the price from the comfort of your personal computer? Film directories like Scour and Ifilm are like virtual multiplexes. The advent of free movie sites have made online movie watching a popular activity.

A good place to down load free movies is at ibiblio.org and archive.org. Both these sites have a growing collection of public domain movies that can be easily downloaded. It is legal to down load these movies as their copyrights have expired and hence they are in the public domain. An example is the classic Frank Capra film, 'It's a Wonderful Life", which was termed as a free movie in the public domain for the last several years since its copyright had not been renewed.

Some of the popular free movie sites are Watch Free Movies Online, Shared Movies, Free Movies Now, Movie Download World, 123 Movie Download, Cinema Download, Netbroadcaster.com, and Singingfish. Some low fees sites include CinemaNow.com and Movie Flix.com. Downloading a movie with a broadband connection requires only a few minutes. The flipside to the free movie phenomenon is that it has made movie piracy easy.

The Napster experience of music piracy is threatening the motion picture industry in what is known as the Wrapster phenomenon. Microsoft's new operating system will have strong anti-movie -piracy features to prevent illegal downloads.

There are a lot of sites on the market offering free downloads. The burden is on the customer to determine whether the movie is a legal or pirated copy. Sometimes, claims on the Internet maybe false. Most DVD's cannot be downloaded from the net without paying a fee. Only those movies released into the public domain such as when a director has not sought a copyright can be actually downloaded free of cost.

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