phimmoi net

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Phim mới

The logo and a corner of phimmoi.net's webpage

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Type of site

Pirate movie site
Available inVietnamese
OwnerNguyễn Tuấn Tú
Created by

Cao Thanh Lai

Cao Duy Anh

RevenueFrom advertisements
URL

phimmoi.net (already blocked)

RegistrationN/A
Launched2012 (domain registered)

Phim mới (lit.'New Film') is a Vietnamese trang web where users can watch movies online without copyright authorization.[1] It is the largest movie site in Vietnam;[1] however, most movies on this trang web are not authorized.[2]

According to tát statistics from Alexa, before being blocked, Phimmoi.net was the trang web with the largest traffic in Vietnam. Statistics from another trang web traffic tool - SimilarWeb - shows that Phimmoi.net used to tát have 60-80 million visits per month.[2]

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Content[edit]

On Phim mới's site, visitors are able to tát watch copyrighted movies without the requirement to tát pay any fee.[3]

phimmoi.net used to tát use Google's servers to tát host movies without copyright permission. The site owners spent money buying unlimited Google Drive accounts for students - with prices ranging from 150,000-300,000 VND for storage. However, this method only worked for a while until Google was forced to tát take measures to tát prevent it. In addition, the above-mentioned method also incurred high costs and did not guarantee server stability. Therefore, after that incident, the site owners switched to tát using Facebook's server instead.[4][5]

phimmoi.net's main revenue came from its huge viewership and online advertising contracts. According to tát an alleged price list of this trang web, a 5-second video clip ad lập cập before a movie premieres could cost up to tát 18 million VND/ week. At the same time, a balloon ad with the size of 800×500 costed approximately 18 million VND/week. In addition, the surrounding advertising boxes also costed up to tát 25 million VND/week, and each ad view at the beginning of a movie would earn the site owner đôi mươi,000 VND.[6]

Blocked access in Vietnam[edit]

On June 17, 2020, many Vietnamese Internet service providers simultaneously blocked access to tát phimmoi.net.[7] At least 3 Vietnamese Internet service providers have blocked this trang web (VNPT, MobiFone, and FPT).[3][6] In 2017, phimmoi.net had all its ads withdrawn in a chiến dịch against pirate websites launched by Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications.[8] However, after 1 day of being blocked, phimmoi.net was active again under a new domain name name that was almost identical to tát the old one.[9] Even after having various other domains blocked, the site owners continued to tát create more domain name names - by changing the ".net" extension to tát ".com", or adding a few letters "z" at the over. According to tát VnExpress, from mid-June to tát early July 2020, phimmoi.net bought dozens of different domain name names to tát circumvent censorship.[10]

Public reaction[edit]

The blocking of phimmoi.net has resulted in opposing reactions within the community. Supporters of this trang web argue that many official movie sites tự not have enough nội dung, so sánh it is OK to tát watch unauthorized movies; while others think that the cost for watching authorized movies is not too high. Some people even commented that phimmoi.net and other similar websites were "advertising platforms for online gambling services".[11]

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An article in Mondaq stated that the prosecution of phimmoi.net was an important stepping stone for implementation of copyright laws in Vietnam, and would help "the Vietnamese public better understand the serious consequences of piracy".[12]

According to tát an article in the Asia Times, the Vietnamese government's action against piracy websites lượt thích phimmoi.net would be necessary if it wants to tát "appeal to tát more IP-sensitive foreign investors", especially considering the decline in FDI inflows into Vietnam following the new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

Legal actions[edit]

On August 19, 2021, Ho Chi Minh City's police said that they were investigating acts of crime in the operation of phimmoi.net. According to tát the investigation's results, in năm trước, Nguyễn Tuấn Tú (from Lâm Đồng) planned to tát build and develop a không tính phí online movie trang web to tát earn money from advertising. Tú hired Cao Thanh Lai and Cao Duy Anh, who were skilled in information technology, to tát design, administer and operate the phimmoi.net trang web.[14] According to tát article 225 of the Penal Code, Tú's acts may result in a fine of 3 billion VND - along with 3 years of non-custodial re-education.[13][15]

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