But wait! Don't people download movies and burn them to DVD all the time, literally every single day?
Yes, it's true. Through popular file sharing sites, any user can download media and music from any other users on the site. Technically, by law, this is not illegal even when copyrighted materials are being shared. There are also many, many sites out there which offer high-quality, full-length movie downloads at a one-time or regular subscription cost.
Because of the presence of DRM (digital rights management), it is impossible to burn some movies to DVD. DRM puts a code within the movie itself which prevents any copying or burning whatsoever, in an attempt to keep materials which are protected by copyright from being illegally distributed.
Movies you download and movies you burn to DVD aren't always in the same form, which means using special software to make the switch. You can obtain this software at several different sources, though most companies offering movie downloads will also include a software package for easy burning. This tutorial offers instructions on converting downloaded files.
You've probably rented movies before, or viewed one in a movie theater. If so, you've seen the FBI warning which accompanies every American-made film. This warning states that you are not allowed to illegally copy or re-distribute the movie in any form or fashion. In many ways, downloading a movie and then burning it to a DVD, rather than buying the retailer's DVD, can be construed as illegal depending on how you go about the process.
This is where many of the paid services come in - they've worked out certain arrangements which make it legal for them to distribute Hollywood flicks to you. Other sites may offer file-sharing, free movies and many other things, but you may not know for sure whether or not everything is on the up-and-up.
When in doubt, don't click download. There are many public domain videos and downloads which can be burned completely legally, but there are sites out there offering files you aren't, really, supposed to burn to DVD for home use. Qflix is one device which offers completely legal downloading and burning, which is why it may be attractive to many consumers.
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