This 123moviesc.co unblocked website is providing illegal cam rips of movies online for free obviously with a crazy number of advertisements. But how is it still operating? Are there no laws which prohibit the existence of such a website. Over that, it is a very professional looking website which imitates any legal movie streaming website.
What if someone like me opens this website and watches a movie. Is it illegal for me to do that? What if I accidentally reach this website and see that they are providing free movies. Most of the people don’t know about the implication and are not familiar with how the internet works. So who bears the responsibility. The end user, government or the creators of such website.
I saw this on the footer of one such website “123Movies4u is the best site to watch free movies online. Watch 123movies123, 123moviess, gomovies123, 123moviesunblocked, 123movies free, 123freemovies”. Does it mean that all these websites are run by the same person or gang of people? How do they monetize such a website? Are there any ad networks which provide monetization to such websites.
How much loss do the movie and tv industry is facing due to such websites? According to a report by Muso, there were somewhere around 27.9 billion visits to such free online movies streaming piracy websites. Second place was taken by Russia with 20.6 billion and India was at the third spot with 17 billion visits. That is really a huge loss for the movies industry and also the government of these countries which would have earned a lot of tax money.
But there is some good news for the film industry as piracy dropped by 2.3% last year compared to the prior year. It is very shocking that 87% visits to these free movies streaming online download websites are from mobile devices whereas only 13% of the traffic comes from desktop computers.
I remember the old days when websites like Rapidshare.com and Megadownload.com etc. ruled the illegal world of piracy. They even rewarded you for the illegal videos you uploaded to their websites. You will get some money or points per download of your uploaded file. I am not sure, but I think it was Rapidshare.com which would give you points for every download of your file which you can redeem for their premium accounts. The premium account of these websites provided faster downloads which you were able to sell and make some money.
Now the file storage websites have been replaced by streaming websites with similar concepts. As now the internet speed has grown exponentially, and movies can be easily streamed and also the storage is so much cheaper and faster with the introduction of SSD.
After that came the era of torrent websites or the P2P download websites. You had to check all the seeders and leechers etc. That was fun, some downloads had so many seeders that it just took a few hours, but some of the downloads took days to complete. But now all the torrent and direct download websites are almost gone. People are not even that much interested in such websites. Due to the cheap legal streaming platforms which provide great content to watch like the Netflix, Hulu, etc., it is the new dawn of millennials who are not that keen to use the old ways to get free stuff from the web.
So it seems crazy when you see the illegal streaming websites which still exist and cater to the piracy world. These will be soon brought down too with the new laws and the lawsuits which will follow. But this world of free stuff would always exist in one form or another.