In the United States, it is illegal to watch copyrighted films connected on Watch32. Although Watch32 does not store the actual files, it has secondary obligation under copyright law. Due to this responsibility, there are active DMCA complaints against the website as of 2014.
Due to the fact that Watch32 connects to files hosted on third-party websites, DMCA notices only remove Watch32’s links from search engine results. The copyright owner must register a complaint with the service hosting the video file in order to have the videos removed. Sites that do not comply with these notices lose their status as exempt Web hosts and may be held accountable for the violation.