Streaming unlicensed content on sites such as Waptrick is illegal if the user downloads even a portion of the file or further streams the online content to an audience, states Business Insider. Privately viewing unlicensed material is generally not illegal.
Downloading unlicensed files counts as a copyright violation, as the user is technically making a copy of the source material, explains Business Insider. Uploading unlicensed content is also illegal even if done for free. Users who frequent illegal streaming sites should be weary of pop-up ads and malware, as these types of sites often contain them in abundance. Furthermore, the amount of effort necessary to watch unlicensed content is often high due to the obtrusive measures found on illegal streaming sites.