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Phim mới

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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 (already blocked)

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

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On Phim mới's site, visitors are able lớn watch copyrighted movies without the requirement lớn pay any fee.[3] used lớn use Google's servers lớn 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 lớn take measures lớn 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 lớn using Facebook's server instead.[4][5]'s main revenue came from its huge viewership and online advertising contracts. According lớn an alleged price list of this trang web, a 5-second đoạn phim ad lập cập before a movie premieres could cost up lớn 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 lớn 25 million VND/week, and each ad view at the beginning of a movie would earn the site owner trăng tròn,000 VND.[6]

Blocked access in Vietnam[edit]

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Internet service providers have blocked this trang web (VNPT, MobiFone, and FPT).[3][6] In 2017, had all its ads withdrawn in a chiến dịch against pirate websites launched by Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications.[8] However, after 1 day of being blocked, was active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

Public reaction[edit]

The blocking of has resulted in opposing reactions within the community. Supporters of this trang web argue that many official movie sites vì thế not have enough nội dung, sánh it is OK lớn watch unauthorized movies; while others think that the cost for watching authorized movies is not too high. Some people even commented that 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 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 lớn an article in the Asia Times, the Vietnamese government's action against piracy websites lượt thích would be necessary if it wants lớn "appeal lớn 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 According lớn the investigation's results, in năm trước, Nguyễn Tuấn Tú (from Lâm Đồng) planned lớn build and develop a không tính phí online movie trang web lớn earn money from advertising. Tú hired Cao Thanh Lai and Cao Duy Anh, who were skilled in information technology, lớn design, administer and operate the trang web.[14] According lớn 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]