The legality of websites such as 1channel that stream new movies and television shows is still being debated. According to intellectual property law attorney Pamela Koslyn, the company itself is infringing copyright law but the user is generally not breaking the law just by streaming the content.
Roslyn goes on to stipulate that the user does break the law if he or she downloads a copy of the content onto a hard drive. She also notes that the laws are different in each state.
PrimeWire, the company that operates 1channel, argues in the legal section of its website that the company's governing law is that of the Netherlands, where it is based. The legal section asserts that the company does not distribute content and instead only provides an "index" of media posted by others for which the company claims no responsibility.