WORLDFREE4U WEBSITE, OVERVIEW, AND HISTORY:
The website WorldFree4U is a quite popular website which is popular among people due to the free content they provide. But the website is highly illegal because it is providing pirated movies and videos on the internet all across the world. The main origin of the website is London and they successfully made a lot of money. Later on, by the end of 2016 the website, WorldFree4U became popular all across Asian countries and became more successful before the counties found out they were leaking the content and doing some illegal stuff.
Later on, when the website owners found out that they were being investigated and tracked, they moved from London to several other locations in order to create a distraction. However, most of the countries found out about their illegal content and blacklisted them. They blocked all the proxy sites that the website was using. WorldFree4U was declared the most scandalous site by the MPAA, which is one of America’s biggest film rating systems.
The website provides multiple size file options for every movie or video they upload, unlike other legal and normal websites. The only similarity between the other websites and WorldFree4U is the way of promoting the website. Their advertisement for illegal stuff like banned games and all the stuff that is considered illegal in the world of the internet is their key source of earning money.
The website illegally leaked and released one of the very famous movies of Christopher Nolan, Dark Knight. Moreover, they also leaked the very famous Avengers: End game without any copyrights, in 2019. This is when the website gained all the attention. Though it lured people by providing free content, the act of downloading or watching videos and movies on that website was still considered highly offensive and inappropriate because the website was illegal.
After they released the Avengers: End game, they faced rage from many agencies and they kept working to ban the website. This was the toughest time for the website, WorldFree4U.
The website gained all the attention when they leaked the Avengers but they had also leaked a number of famous movies for free.
THE LIST OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIES LEAKED BY THE ILLEGAL WEBSITE, WORLDFREE4U:
The website released a bunch of famous Hollywood movies on their website by illegal means, that too for free. The movies they leaked are listed below;
- The Martian: It was a Sci-fi movie that was a huge financial success and made about $630.2 million.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2: Like the other parts, the Mockingjay also became a hit and made about $658.3 million in total.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The famous action/Sci-fi movie was a huge success and made around $2.066 billion.
- Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation: The popular action/thriller released in 2015 successfully made $682.7 million.
- Specter: The blockbuster action/thriller made around $880.7 million globally.
- Inside Out: it was an animated movie with a financial success of $857.6 million.
- Minions: The popular animated movie made over $1.1 billion.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: Avengers earned as much as $1.4 billion.
- Furious 7: The 7th part of Fast and Furious made up to $1.5 billion.
- Jurassic World: This one gained a lot of popularity and successfully reached a figure of $1.6 billion.
Now although these movies were leaked and were posted illegally, due to the website’s nature of providing free content, many people watched their content.
LIST OF TOP INDIAN/BOLLYWOOD MOVIES LEAKED BY WORLDFREE4U:
A number of famous Bollywood movies were also leaked by the website. Which included;
- Angrezi medium
- Baaghi 3
- Udta Punjab
- Sanam Teri Kasam
- Dear Zindagi
- World-famous lover
- Tanhaji Darbar, and many other famous movies.
Since the website was tracked, WorldFree4U made many other websites to post their content.
OTHER WEBSITES MADE BY WORLDFREE4U:
When the website was constantly being caught and tracked, and later on blocked, they made many more other websites to post their pirated content. Some of these sites are;
- Jio rockers
- Madras Rockers
They are still on and active. They create new websites every time they get caught.
PIRACY: AN INTERNATIONAL CRIME AND ETHICAL ISSUE:
Piracy is by far one of the biggest issues that all of the film industries are facing. All their hard work holds less importance when these websites leak their authorized content without a copyright issue, at preferably lower prices in the ‘grey’ market. Even these lower prices bring a lot of profit to them. The artists who are behind all this hard work and effort, get offended when their expensive and high-quality projects lose their importance due to the act of piracy. WorldFree4U has been involved in this illegal act of copying, reproducing, and then selling the content at lower prices, for a long time now.
Sadly, the act of piracy isn’t considered a major crime in the book of the law. The person preaching the act can not be punished for it on someone’s verbal statement. This unfair rule of law is the reason why piracy has become so common all across the world. Many nations have failed to solve this problem.
WHY ARE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PIRATED WEBSITES?
The answer to this particular question is very simple and clear. The reason why people still follow and like pirated websites is because of the free of cost content unlike other legal and authorized websites like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney +, HBO GO/NOW, etc. This free content is luring people and making them use these sites even more than before which can for sure increase the number of illegal sites like WorldFree4U.
These websites have a certain strategy of working. They completely hide their data and store nothing on their server so they don’t get caught and if they do and get blocked, for instance, they move on and make another website and keep doing what they were doing in the first place. So it doesn’t really affect their work.
WorldFree4U is one of the biggest chains to sell pirated content in the black market, which wastes the hard work of the original artists and becomes a huge loss for them. Moreover, WorldFree4U isn’t the only illegal website. There are many more out there that should be taken care of since they are affecting the art in many ways.
HOW PIRACY CAN BE CONTROLLED?
Because the viewers are attracted to free of cost websites, the strategy to distract them and bring their attention towards legal websites is by lowering the price packages and by providing a huge variety of content to them so they don’t have to open another website.
There should be a law against this crime to demolish the act of piracy. Only then this will be stopped for once and for all and the people will understand the drawbacks. But there is no promising law against this act, which is encouraging illegal websites like, WorldFree4U and many similar sites, even more.
THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957:
Since the problem has become very common, India found a solution to it by making a law of its own in 1957. They stated it as The Copyright Act, 1957. Its primary focus was the piracy issues that were increasing day by day in India.
The act was composed of different sections:
Section 13 of the Act:
According to the section 13 of the Act, the owners of works like drama, music, arts, literary works, sound recordings, and cinematographic films, had complete control over their content and were given the right to decide what to do if someone steals their content. Also, they had the right to sell their content to anyone at the price they like.
Section 57 of the Act:
Section 57 primarily focused on ownership of the content. According to this section the artists can claim complete ownership of their work so that their content can not be stolen or leaked for a matter of fact. And also to prevent pirating websites from modifying or changing their work or doing any such thing that can cause harm to their content and make it lose its credibility.
THE CINEMATOGRAPH ACT, 2019:
This Act was passed recently in 2019, in order to deal with the issues related to piracy and the websites involved in this act. This Act, when passed, can protect the original content of the artist, can set a foundation to demolish piracy, and help maintain the integrity and credibility of original content.
There were several sections included in this Bill. One of them being Section 6AA, which stated,
“If any person contravenes the provisions of Section 6AA, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to 10 lakh rupees or with both.”
These two acts brought a lot of betterment and succeeded in reducing the act of piracy to some extent.
AUTHORIZED FILM STREAMING WEBSITES:
Alongside all these illegal websites like WorldFree4U, there are a bunch of amazing and credible sites that provide you non-pirated and authorized content.
Some of the authorized sites are;
Netflix is one of the most popular and authorized platforms for people to watch famous shows, seasons, and movies.
It stood against WorldFree4U and provided almost all the content that WorldFree4U had. It comes with a monthly subscription, which is not too much. Netflix has a number of popular shows like Friends, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and many more movies and seasons that people are obsessed with.
Amazon prime is the American film streaming site that is being handled by Amazon itself. It also comes with a subscription and offers a number of famous shows and movies. It is very promising and has become very popular in the past 2 years among people. The subscribers can find almost any movie or show on this website.
Hulu is again a very popular movie streaming website that comes under the subscription of Walt Disney. It is completely legal and authorized and is used by the people frequently. This website is highly secured and provides piracy-free content to the viewers.
Disney + was launched in 2019 by the Walt Disney Company and has around 58.5 million subscribers and viewers globally, to this date. It streams all the popular movies Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and many more popular ones along with a variety of other shows. Walt Disney is one of the biggest companies to live and is very famous in children as well as adults.
The HBO GO/NOW is an extension of the most famous and biggest channels, HBO. it is also one of the oldest American channels and companies that has gained a lot of gain over time and is still going strong to this date. Now they have provided an online medium for watching whatever shows we like with a subscription which is not too much. They also contain a number of popular shows for viewers on their website which has proved to be a successful way of gaining their attention.
Because of all these famous, legal, and authorized websites, a big number of people have stopped using pirated websites and have started subscribing to these authentic movie streaming websites.