Why is Movie2k Down? We Explain the MPAA Legal Wrangling that Took Down the World’s Largest Streaming Movie Search Engine

Movie2k, which lives, or lived, at Movie2k.to, is down, and a lot of fans want to know what happened to Movie2k, and why they can’t access Movie2k. Put simply, you can’t reach Movie2k because the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) got a restraining order from the court, requiring that access to the site be blocked. Everywhere.


Movie2k was one of the largest, if not the largest, search engines for finding places that stream movies online for free. Recent movies. In otherwords, according to the MPAA, movies that should not be online for free – or maybe even at all. Thus, even if Movie2k was not actually hosting the illegal content, they were not just pointing to it, but actively facilitating the acquisition (viewing) of allegedly illegal content.

A quote from Internet provider Virgin Media explains that “Virgin Media has received an order from the Courts requiring us to prevent access to this site in order to help protect against copyright infringement.”

Movie2k had always maintained that what they were doing was completely legal, saying that “We do not host any files on our server nor we upload any movies on other hosting websites. Our website workes like a search engine, gathering and sorting movies from other websites and showing the embbed code or the direct link. So we are absolutely legal.”

The MPAA disagreed, and apparently the court agreed.

And that’s why Movie2k is down.

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