As of January 2016, it is illegal to watch free movies on Movie2k, which has been rebranded as Movie4K. It is considered to be an illegal portal for streaming videos, and many Internet service providers have banned it. Many such video streaming sites offering free movies, including Movie4k, do not have the necessary permission to stream copyrighted content for free. It is illegal and punishable by law to watch, download and share free movies from this resource.
There are many legal options to watch movies for free online, but the collection of movies available for free streaming is limited. Websites such as The Internet Archive and Retrovision offer free streaming and download of movies that qualify as public domain content, or movies that have been contributed for free public viewing by their owners. Movies with expired copyrights qualify as public domain content. Most of the movies available on these websites are old and classic movies.
Many videos streaming sites, such as Hulu and YouTube, offer movies for streaming and support it with ads. The commercials that regularly interrupt the streaming pay for viewers to watch the movies at no cost.
Paying for movies is another option for interested viewers. Many video streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime offer unlimited streaming for subscribers. Consumers can also pay on a per-movie basis on many websites.