You Might Run Into Legal Trouble For Using ShowBox App Or Its Alternatives

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You Might Run Into Legal Trouble For Using ShowBox App Or Its Alternatives
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The ShowBox app has had a huge user base across the globe. But the free media streaming app stopped working for users more than a week ago. There is no word for developers yet, but most people it is being shut down. The ShowBox outage has prompted people to download its popular alternatives such as Popcorn Time, Playbox HD, Megabox HD, Cinemabox, Sky HD, and others. But downloading the ShowBox app or one of its alternatives could land you in big trouble. Let me explain why.

ShowBox app and others are illegal to use

As popular and safe to use as they may be, ShowBox and other similar apps are borderline illegal. They let you stream TV shows and movies or download them for offline viewing – all for free. You don’t have to pay a dime. That’s where the trouble lies. They don’t own rights to the content available on their platforms. They stream content through torrents and other direct sources – which is illegal.

That’s the reason the ShowBox app and most of its alternatives are not available on the Google Play Store. They distribute content they don’t have rights to, violating Google’s Play Store policies. You have to download the said app’s APK from one of the various websites and then install it on your device. Apps downloaded from outside the Play Store could contain malware or viruses to steal your personal data.

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