A popular pirate streaming site, 123Movies, which allowed users to watch premium content free of charge announced the closure on its website.
123Movies also urged people to stop using the site immediately and instead encouraged its users to support Hollywood and the movie industry by paying and watching content via legitimate and legal means.
“Please pay for the movies/shows, that’s what we should do to show our respect to people behind the movies/shows,” it advised.
Motion Picture Association of America Executive Vice President & Chief of Global Content Protection, Jan van Voorn said: “Right now, the most popular illegal site in the world, 123movies.to (at this point), is operated from Vietnam, and has 98 million visitors a month.”
Despite only being established three years ago the site has amassed a huge amount of viewers.
Last year the US Ambassador to Vietnam lobbied the government to prosecute the operators of the site.