While it is against the law to upload copyrighted movies to streaming websites such as Putlocker, it is not illegal for end-users to watch them, according to the New Media Rights website. It is against the law for users to download, reproduce and redistribute these movies.
The penalty for reproducing or redistributing copyrighted material can be severe, according to the New Media Rights website. In the Capitol v. Thomas case, for example, defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay a total of $1.9 million for illegally sharing 24 songs online. This equated to $80,000 for each of the illegally shared songs.