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Firstly the legal speagle talk……. a.k.a Disclaimer!:
(You could just skip this bit…..)
I know the topic this series will focus on may fall into the grey category of socially acceptable norms. They are several websites out there that will offer you copyrighted material for free when they are not the owners of said material. These sites are numerous and some are dangerous posing major threats to your device’s systems and your personal security. I recommend these options to you after thoroughly investigating and testing these sites and apps for myself. I am in no way sponsored or monetarily compensated for presenting these as an option to you. As often as possible I encourage you as upstanding citizens to support the entertainers you love, the companies you admire, and the artforms you enjoy through their completely legal and official channels. That being said, and any lawyer who is worth is “Mercedes- Benz per hour rate” will add the caveat that it depends, it’s not a crime to stream movies….. but downloading is a big no-no.
Now….. for the good stuff.
MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
Called the world’s “most popular illegal site” by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in March 2018, It was shut down a few weeks later on foot of a criminal investigation by the Vietnamese authorities. Unsurprisingly though as of April 2020, the network is still active via clone sites.
When I say this site has everything, I’m not kidding. You can watch everything on there from Amazon Prime Series to Original Netflix Shows, Game of Thrones and I Love Lucy. Ethics aside, the site layout and options are pretty impressive and it doesn’t look that shady at all….. except for all the clone sites. A cloned website is, go figure, a copy of the original website. Now, I’m not certain, but my guess is every time the feds close in they get rid of one website and open another under a similar name. Right now if you were to type in 123movies.com you would see:
These options will probably change or mysteriously disappear as time goes on. From my experience, only one ‘ clone-site’ works at a time and you NEVER know which one it is meaning you’ll have to try a few before you get lucky.
Pros: No need to sign up
A) The whole digging around looking for the actual working site, but you get what you don’t pay for and I will say you get used to it after a while.
B)The site generates revenue through some VERY persistent and frequently 18+ ads. I’d recommend you’d have the show firmly loaded before you have the kids take a look at the screen.
Pro-Tip: There is ALWAYS an x to close the ads but they are SOMETIMES very well-hidden…. patience will be your virtue.
The site has had issues with copyright infringement in the past, and probably still does, as half of the shows I was able to watch on there came from major big-name corporations but posted through anonymous users. I won’t tell you the names, because then they might get taken down and I’ll be very sad about that, but they were from Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and BBC. In my opinion, the site is relatively disorganized, and finding something you’d actually like is a matter of luck of the draw. The good news is NO clone sites.
Pros: Signup isn’t necessary
A) ANNOYING ADS ( yeah you’ll see this one come up a lot)- The site seems to specialize in video ads that are about 30 seconds in length, you can’t close them though.
B) The uncurated selection- Definitely not my first choice for some shady free goodness but I have stumbled across some gems in the very rough.
- As of now, I don’t have a set schedule for this series as I’ll be juggling this one with my main project: Professor When. I write the chapters for Professor When daily and I’d love it if you’d go check it out.
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