FMovies

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FMovies
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Type of site
Streaming media
Available inEnglish
Area servedWorldwide (blocked in Denmark and Sweden)
AdvertisingYes; pop-up advertising
CommercialNo
RegistrationYes
Launched2016; 6 years ago (2016)
Current statusOnline
Written inHTML, JavaScript and PHP

FMovies is a series of copyright infringement websites that host links and embedded videos, allowing users to stream or download movies for free.[1][2][3][4]

History[edit]

The site was created in 2016 according to TorrentFreak,[3] and blocked from Google searches in December 2016.

In November 2017, FMovies lost a lawsuit brought by Filipino media and entertainment group ABS-CBN, and was ordered to pay $210,000.[5][3][4][6][7]

In January 2018, the site was identified as a Notorious Market by the U.S. government, along with The Pirate Bay and other piracy sites.[8] In October 2018, Telia Company, a Swedish ISP, was ordered to block FMovies.[1] They appealed the order.[9] That same month, the Motion Picture Association of America reported FMovies along with other piracy sites to the U.S. government.[10] FMovies was blocked in Australia in December 2018, after a request in August.[11][12][13]

In February 2019, Sweden asked advertisers to blacklist some piracy and streaming sites, which included FMovies.[14][15][16][17][18] By April 2019, ISPs in India were ordered to block FMovies,[19][20][21] and the U.S. government identified the site as one of the top piracy sites.[22][23]

As of November 2019, there are two to four different FMovies websites running, but their locations are unknown.

See also[edit]

  • Putlocker, similar online movie streaming network
  • YIFY Torrents (or YTS), online movie file downloading network
  • Popcorn Time, a freeware program allowing users to watch movies through torrenting on several platforms
  • 123movies, similar online movie streaming network

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Court Orders Swedish ISP Telia to Block The Pirate Bay & FMovies". TorrentFreak. 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  2. ^ "FMovies Loses Control of Swedish Domain, Moves to Iceland". TorrentFreak. 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  3. ^ a b c "Major 'Pirate' Movie Streaming Site Fmovies Sued in US Court". TorrentFreak. 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  4. ^ a b "US Court Orders Pirate Streaming Site FMovies to Pay $210,000". TorrentFreak. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  5. ^ "ABS-CBN Wants $210,000 Piracy Damages From FMovies". TorrentFreak. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  6. ^ Verma, Adarsh (2017-06-10). "Will FMovies Soon Lose Its Domain Name? Court Orders The Site To Pay $210,000". Fossbytes. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  7. ^ Sharma, Shubham (2017-06-11). "FMovies.to and FMovies.se to Shut Down Soon? US Court Orders To Pay $210,000 In Copyright Infringement Lawsuit". MobiPicker. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  8. ^ "US Govt Brands Torrent, Streaming & Cyberlocker Sites As Notorious Markets". TorrentFreak. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  9. ^ "Swedish ISP Telia Appeals Pirate Bay Blocking Order". TorrentFreak. 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  10. ^ "MPAA Reports 'Notorious' Pirate Sites to The US Government". TorrentFreak. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  11. ^ Barbaschow, Asha. "Australian court orders blocking of subtitle piracy sites". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  12. ^ "Australian Court Orders ISPs to Block 181 'Pirate' Domains, Including Subtitle Sites". TorrentFreak. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  13. ^ "Movie & TV Show Companies Want Subtitle Sites Blocked Down Under". TorrentFreak. 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  14. ^ "Sweden Asks Advertisers to Blacklist Streaming and Torrent Sites". TorrentFreak. 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  15. ^ "Sweden Asks Advertisers to Blacklist Streaming and Torrent Sites – TechDoctorUK". Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  16. ^ Tech, Free (2019-02-23). "Sweden Asks Advertisers to Blacklist Streaming and Torrent Sites". Let's Crack On. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  17. ^ Squiffy, Doc (2019-02-23). "Sweden Asks Advertisers to Blacklist Streaming and Torrent Sites". DocSquiffy.com. Archived from the original on 2019-05-25. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  18. ^ "Sweden Asks Advertisers to Blacklist Streaming and Torrent Sites". Husham.com. 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  19. ^ "Pirate Bay, RARBG, 1337x & Torrentz2 to be Permanently Blocked in India". TorrentFreak. 2019-04-12. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  20. ^ Toulas, Bill (2019-04-12). "ISPs in India Ordered to Block Pirate Bay, Torrentz2, YTS, and 1337x". TechNadu. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  21. ^ techbug9 (2019-04-13). "ISPs in India ordered to permanently block The Pirate Bay, RARBG, 1337x, Torrentz2 and others » TechWorm". TechWorm. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  22. ^ "US Govt Identifies Top Pirate Sites and Other 'Notorious Markets'". TorrentFreak. 2019-04-26. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  23. ^ Toulas, Bill (2019-04-27). "USTR Released Their 2018 Online Piracy and Marketplace 'Naughty' List". TechNadu. Retrieved 2019-05-25.