I was wondering if anyone knows how legal these sites are. For all of them you have to pay for downloads but they're very cheap.
Googling shows some controversy about how legal they are. Many say they are perfectly legal.
They are based in Russia and under Russian copyright law it is legal for them to provide the downloads even without an agreement with the studios. They pay to Russia's copyright agency (FAIR) which distributes to the rights holders.
It seems that the RIAA has tried to sue them before but dropped the charges before going to court.
So, they can legally provide the downloads from Russia. However, in the US it is illegal to download them, even though they are legally available (in Russian law), because they don't have an agreement with the studios.
Here is the US legal info: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_mp3pand...w_does_it_work
... and here is one of the few explanations that go into legal details rather than just opinion:
I also found many comments from people who have used these sites for years without problems.
Does anyone know what the SA situation is? Is it legal to download them here?
I'm not trying to find out how likely is it to get prosecuted, I want to know if it's legal. I don't want to buy illegal movies regardless of how safe it may be