Missed the chance to see a film in the cinema? Don’t want to buy the expensive DVD? You immediately browse on YouTube for the movie. Been there, done that.
YouTube offers movies to be watched with purchase, ranging from £2.49 to beyond £10, depending when the film was released. It is possible to watch movies that are still being shown in cinemas. It’s very rare that you’d be able to watch a full movie entirely free of charge on YouTube. Movies range from biographical dramas such as Steve Jobs and He Named Me Malala to animated films including Inside Out and Big Hero 6. I suppose this is one of the ways that the company, managed by Google, tries to make a profit.
Although it can be frustrating when not being able to locate what you want to watch online, I think it’s fair that such movies need to be paid for, especially if they have been newly released. If they were not copyright, many would be taking advantage of them and cinemas would not be as successful. I have been lucky enough in the past to watch full popular movies on YouTube for free, but I know that such occasions were just from luck, and these movies are taken down shortly after being uploaded.
Many people already use YouTube to download music illegally, so I think it’s acceptable that movies are restricted to certain scenes. Although YouTube is a Creative Commons license, allowing these movies to be viewed free of charge would raise heavy concerns about box office profit and piracy.