In Germany it is illegal to share copyrighted content but it is not illegal to download copyrighted content. That means you can download protected content from the Internet without breaking any laws, as long as it is for your own “consumption” and you do not share it.
Internet service providers (ISPs) are required to provide the data of a connection if any content that is copyrighted is compromised.
Thus, when you are downloading some content directly, through Rapidshare or Mega, just to name some, or when you are watching a movie streaming through Movierulz or Cuevana, you are only downloading content; you are not sharing it, so you are not committing any kind of criminal act, so they can not accuse you of anything at all.
P2P downloads are the problem. In this case, P2P exchange programs like Torrent or the famous Emule are the focus of the problem, because at the time we are downloading content we are sharing it with others, so we are committing a crime.
The person responsible for the download is the owner of the network. If we have a Wifi shared between several people and any of them is illegally downloading content, the responsible is the owner of the Wifi line, the person that signed the contract, and not the person who has downloaded the protected content.
Streaming is not the problem since viewing content directly through a website does not imply sharing such content, so it’s not illegal. Make sure that wherever you are, you are aware of the laws that discuss movie streaming and downloading. This way, you’ll be able to know what risks you have, and make a better decision as to whether or not a certain site is a good option for your movie needs.