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123movies website shutting down

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Mar 21 in Websites by Dan (5,338 points)

With millions of visitors per day, 123movies(hub), also known as Gomovies, is one of the largest pirate streaming sites on the web.
However, according to a new message posted on the site, this will soon end. The site’s operators say that they will shut down at the end of the week.
“We’ve been providing links to movies and shows for years. Now it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you for being our friends and thanks for staying with us that long,” the 123movies team writes.
In addition, 123movies encourages its users to “respect” filmmakers by paying for movies and TV-shows instead of pirating them.
“PS: Please pay for the movies/shows, that’s what we should do to show our respect to people behind the movies/shows,” the team adds.
123movies shutdown notice

The shutdown announcement, which is currently only visible on the classic homepage, comes a few days after the MPAA branded the site as the the most popular illegal site in the world.
“Right now, the most popular illegal site in the world, 123movies.to (at this point), is operated from Vietnam, and has 98 million visitors a month,” MPAA’s Executive Vice President & Chief of Global Content Protection, Jan van Voorn said.
That wasn’t the first time the site had been called out. Last year the US Ambassador to Vietnam called on the local Government to criminally prosecute the site’s operators on their alleged home turf. In addition, the site was also on the radar of the office of the US Trade Representative, which featured 123movies in its latest Notorious Markets report.
While 123movies has changed names several times over the course of the last few months, it was still a relative newcomer. It first emerged less than three years ago, but quickly became a dominant player.
According to the announcement, however, it will be all over in a few days. With millions of potential estranged users, that will leave a huge gap to fill. 
The reason for the planned closure decision is unknown. Speculation would suggest legal pressure being high on the list, but the 123movies team hasn’t commented on its motivation.

5 Answers

TheOtherTink Mar 21

Interesting.  I had no idea there were so many popular pirate sites. :O

Dan TheOtherTink Mar 22

There are still many websites looks like it with some drawbacks in functionality and number of movies.

You may have to reclick a link for the second time since ad may load for the first time when you click a link.

Kninjanin Mar 21

I don't know that website. I have my accounts on file hosting websites. Some of them allow me to search files. Sometimes, I see  movies and music files. Maybe, many files are pirate.

HegeMarie Mar 21

Never heard of it before.

Why am i always late to the party?

Dan HegeMarie Mar 22

You can try http://www1.0123movies.com/ which is a replica of 123movies website and I guess it contains most of the movies of 123movies with fewer drawbacks.

HegeMarie HegeMarie Mar 23

Too many pop-ups for me :blink:

Virginia Mar 21

I had not heard of them either!

Rooster Mar 23

I hadn't heard about it either. Though I rarely stream movies and rarely will I use an illegal site.

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