Millions of people blocked free online streams when a popular movie site closed
Millions of moviegoers hoping to settle in for an evening of free entertainment should be sorely disappointed. This is because one of the most popular movie streaming sites in the world has just closed for good. 123movies.la has been up and running since 2017 and in just four years it has become a huge success with around 30 million people visiting the site each month.
This is not much of a surprise considering that the platform offered a lot of blockbuster movies without anyone needing to sign up for an expensive premium membership plan. It even featured a simple way to filter movies by genre, actor, and box office collection.
With such a huge user base, this free way to stream Hollywood movies hasn’t gone unnoticed with the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) finally succeeding in finding the owners and shutting down and shutting down the website. .
ACE is backed by some of the world’s largest movie studios and media companies, including Amazon, Fox, Netflix, MGM, HBO, Sky, Paramount, and Disney.
ACE said that following a cease-and-desist communication and a settlement with the operator, the popular streaming website was shut down and the domain was transferred to ACE.
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“Online content theft is the greatest threat to the global audiovisual community, hurting both local and foreign films and businesses, threatening jobs, undermining investment, reducing tax contributions to governments and stifling creativity.” , the company said in an article on its location.
“CAOT will continue its efforts around the world to protect the rights of its members.
The latest blockade comes as a number of UK internet service providers have recently been forced to ban a number of UK websites.
ISPs like Virgin Media and Sky now block customers from accessing platforms like www9.0123movies.com, w5.123movie.cc., 123moviesfun.is, and wvw1.123movies.net.
Sky and Virgin Media are following a new High Court ruling that has asked internet service providers to block users from visiting certain sites.
The request comes from the Motion Picture Association (MPA) which tries to prevent free viewing of premium content. The MPA represents five of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, as well as Netflix.