Pinoy Tambayan websites do not offer free movies to download or stream because the owners of the websites violated trademark and copyright laws. Many offshoots of the Pinoy Tambayan sites have been removed because they allowed users to watch full unlicensed videos on live streams and on-demand.
A Filipino television network, ABS-CBN, sued the owners of many Pinoy Tambayan websites and other related piracy sites for copyright infringement and intellectual property issues. PinoyTambayan.org, PinoyTambayan.me and WebPinoyTambayan.org are three of the websites that were taken down. The courts awarded $10 million in damages to the Filipino network. A legal way for users residing outside the Philippines to watch Filipino movies by ABS-CBN can sign up for access through TFC.tv.