0123 Movies Stream, GoStream, GoMovies, MeMovies or 123Movieshub was a network of file streaming websites. Operating from Vietnam which allows users to watch movies for free. it has as world’s most popular. Illegal site by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in March 2018. Before being shut down a few weeks later on foot of criminal investigation by the Vietnamese authorities. As of August 2021, the network is still active via clone sites.
The site went through numerous name changes after its existence shut down from dissimilar domains; sometimes the name look as if as “123Movies”, and other times as “0123 Movies Stream”. The original name, and URL, was 0123 Movies Stream.to. Which different to other domains including 123movies.is before redirecting to gomovies.to and later gomovies.is. It changes to Go Stream.is, and then to memovies.to, before altering to 123movieshub.to/is and remaining there until shutdown.
In October 2016, the MPAA listed 0123 Movies Stream in its Online Notorious Shops impression to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Uttering that: “The site has a global Alexa rank of 559 and a local rank of 386 in the U.S. 123movies.to had 9.26 million global unique visitors in August 2016 according to SimilarWeb data”. In October 2016, Business Insider testified that 123movies.to was the “most-use pirate website” in the UK.
123Movies involved HD, HD-RIP, Blu-ray and camera makings of films. The video hosters and companies it used included Openload, Streamango, and MyCloud. Throughout its existence and shutdown period, the site cover by TorrentFreak regarding its features, uptime/downtime, shutdown, and reasons for shutdown.
In December 2017, the creators of 123movies threw another streaming site dedicated to anime. Named AnimeHub.to, which remained online for months after 123Movies’s shutdown.
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The 123Movies closure notice
In March 2017, Torrent Freak reported that the US envoy to Vietnam, Ted Osius, had been in talks with the local Minister of Information and Communications, Truong Minh Tuan, about shutting down illegal video streaming sites operating from Vietnam, and listed 123movies as one specific site.
In October 2017, the MPAA register 123Movies (and GoStream.is) in its Online Infamous Markets overview to the Office of the US Trade Illustrative, stating that while the site strictly hosts from Ukraine that: “The site takes many steps to hide the identity of the operator, including using Cloud flare, but there is strong reason to believe the operator is still in Vietnam; content upload using cyberlockers from numerous email accounts originating from Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy”.
In March 2018, the MPAA thought that the site stood the “most popular illegal site in the world”. Specify it operates from Vietnam and estimated that it received 98 million visitors per month. On 19 March 2018, a letter on the site’s home page broadcasted its shutdown, and urged users to “respect filmmakers by paying for movies and TV-shows”.
In October 2018, the MPAA’s inform on Online Notorious Markets to the United States Trade Illustrative. Said that the closure of 123movies, 123movieshub, gostream, and gomovies, on foot of a criminal study in Vietnam in 2018, was “an important development” in combatting illegal film piracy services. However, the MPAA report also noted that many copycat sites had emerged in at least eight other countries. In November 2018 TorrentFreak reported sites allied or similar to 0123 Movies Stream such as WatchAsap had also been shut down by the FBI, but were re-directing to other file sharing sites.
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