123Movies and its variants have come under pressure from copyright holders as they have grown to become one of the go-to “123Movies alternative” web portals for content distribution. Pirated content, it is understood, since they did not have permission to distribute it.
123Movies links were well known and were also moving apace on major torrent sites despite the push from legal streaming services. But nothing lasts forever and these great portals are in the crosshairs of copyright organizations . If you access one of their main domains with 30 million monthly users, 123Movies.la, you will see that the domain is in the hands of the Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).
Everything indicates that the administrators of the site have reached an agreement with ACE for the closure . And it's not the first. Already in 2016, 123Movies.to was denounced for piracy when Hollywood saw its growth. As early as 2018, the site was rated the world's largest pirate streaming site before being shut down as part of a criminal investigation.
The Alliance For Creativity requested a subpoena from the DMCA in September 2020 that required Cloudflare to provide them with personal details and accounts from sites like The Pirate Bay, YTS, 1337x, EZTV, and 123Movies.la. With this he managed to identify the operator of the site and filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement. The result is the commented one.