The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has temporarily shifted its focus from Kodi to an illegal streaming website, based out of Vietnam, drawing an astonishing 98 million visitors per month.
Dubbed the “most popular illegal website in the world,” 123movies.to offers users access to a slew of copyright-protected movies, TV shows and sporting events for free, breaking an abundance of Intellecutal Property laws in the process.
Jan van Voor, President of Global Content Protection at the Motion Picture Association of America told VN Express that the initiative is working with the Vietnamese Office of the Police Investigation Agency to tackle the problem.
At the start of 2018, the Motion Picture Association of America launched an attack on several leading Kodi add-on developers, forcing them to disband their portals into the illegal world of streaming – or face some serious jail time.
On the other side of the pond, John Wittingdale, the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, asked the British public to take a stand on illegal streaming, claiming it’s tantamount to theft.
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The government responded by dishing out hefty fines to those caught broadcasting copyrighted material without a license – whether it’s on servers accessed by Kodi add-ons, illicit websites like 123movies.to and even social networking services.
A Sky customer who streamed the much-anticipated fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko live on Facebook back in 2017, for example, was fined £5,000 under the United Kingdom’s ironclad Digital Economy Act in 2018.