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Openload Review

Is it Safe to Stream Movies with Openload?

If you’re looking for a good place to watch free movies online, you’ll likely quickly stumble across forums and Reddit groups where users link to movies. Many of these movies are hosted on sites like Openload, but you might not be familiar with the site. If you’re considering streaming movies, there’s a lot you should know, especially about the potential risks of streaming from a site like Openload.

So, what is Openload?

Openload is a free online storage and sharing platform. It operates on the same premise as Dropbox, allowing users to access storage in the cloud, free of charge. Unlike Dropbox, Openload pays for their costs by displaying ads on the site, so the more traffic they get, the better off the site is.

You’re probably familiar with the cloud, which is a term used to refer to the process of uploading files to virtual servers, typically linked to real servers in multiple locations. Each user receives a tiny amount of the allotted space on the physical server, but can upload anything they like. However, sites like WeTransfer, Drobox, Google Drive, etc., usually have anti-piracy regulations in place. They either limit the size of your upload or actively scan for content that you don’t own to prevent you from uploading and sharing movies and media. Openload doesn’t.

With no upload limit (there’s no upper limit on how many files you can add), no limits to download or upload speed, and online streaming for media files with no limits on how many users can view files and no requirement for an account, Openload actually seems a lot like it was built for piracy, even though the owners likely had more traditional media sharing in mind.

Takedown for DMCA Abuse

Openload was previously registered with Namecheap, a domain registrar. In September of 2016, the site was taken offline after numerous complaints of DMCA infringement. The site responded by updating their privacy policy to explicitly forbid pirated files and to upload a takedown and report tool, so that any file can be reported for infringement and taken down at any time.

Yet, Openload is quickly becoming one of the most popular upload tools for pirated media on sites like Reddit. The website has switched their domain registrar, presumably after continued problems, but has not changed their policies to prevent piracy.

So, Is Openload Safe?

If you’re considering uploading regular files to Openload, I would strongly advise that you do not do so unless you have a backup in another place. With repeated DMCA infringement issues, the site could potentially be taken down permanently, and you might lose all your files.

Is it safe to stream? Unfortunately, there are several downsides to user-uploads with no top limit. You don’t know if individual files are safe and you don’t know if links will redirect. However, for the most part, OpenLoad streams in browser, only downloading a tiny portion of a file to improve streaming speed, so you won’t have to worry about downloading viruses or malware like you would with torrenting.

However, as piracy regulations change, you can increasingly face legal action for streaming files, especially when the browser downloads a tiny portion of the file.

As always, there are plenty of free and safe ways to stream movies, and an increasingly large number of low-cost solutions for streaming. Amazon Prime is less than $150 a year and has more movies and TV shows than most piracy sites. You’ll also get better quality and nice features like the ability to save your view progress.