OPENLOAD: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ONCE

We take a closer look at the history of streaming-giant Openload & why it is no longer accessible to the public.

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Openload: a.k.a. the former go-to lớn place khổng lồ watch your favourite movies and TV shows for free! However, if something seems too good khổng lồ be true, it probably is.


In Openload’s case, it most definitely was. Let’s run through why the site is now indefinitely defunct.

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History of Openload

If you’re unaware of Openload, here’s a quichồng recap. Launched in 2015, Openload served as a file-sharing-site, allowing users to download uploaded nội dung. The site made its profit via advertising revenue và crypto-jacking. Users would also receive sầu income based on the number of downloads their content received. Of course, it didn’t take long for people khổng lồ begin uploading unauthorised content & start making money off it.

The site became notorious as the go-to lớn spot for downloading popular movies and TV shows, such as trò chơi Of Thrones, entirely for không tính tiền. Hell, the site even contained leaked GOT episodes of the final season before they actually aired. From Hollywood, website series, Bollywood, you name it; it had probably been illegally uploaded.

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During its peak, Openload received more traffic than both Hulu & HBO GO, positioning it as part of the top ten biggest streaming sites. According lớn ACE, aka The Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment, the site handled their demanding internet traffic with over 1,000 servers in Romania, France, và Germany. Before its demise, the site contained nội dung used by 36 of the biggest 50 pirate sites worldwide.

It all came crashing down for the site on October 31st 2019, with the Openload.co URL now redirecting users lớn the ACE webpage. Funnily enough, when this initially happened, the ACE webpage crashed. Now, if you’re wondering, how the fuông xã did this thing not get shut down sooner? You’re not alone. Let’s jump into how the site avoided serious consequences for four years.


Openload provided pirated nội dung lớn 72% of the top 50 illegal streaming và linking sites. They failed khổng lồ stop the spread of the illegal content for years. Yesterday, an ACE action led them lớn cease all operations – a major win for creators everywhere. https://t.co/qgc180NVVu

— Charles H. Rivkin (
CharlieRivkin) November 1, 2019

The fight lớn shut it down…

As you can imagine, various entertainment studquả táo had banded together to take down this site asap. What made their legal case difficult was that Openload functioned as a file-sharing site. The platform itself was not uploading the pirated content, it was rather a very popular place to lớn download it. While this wasn’t a morally sound excuse by any means, this was enough for the site to lớn survive in the finicky l& of legalities, for at least for a few more years than it should have.

The juicy details of its demise

In 2017, ACE (a coalition of Netflix, Amazon, the five major studgame ios, & many other content providers) began their legal battle for a settlement from the operators of Openload và their twin site Streamango in 2017. “For years, these two pirate organisations failed to take meaningful action to stop the dissemination of the illegal nội dung, harming creators and misleading consumers,” MPA Chairman Charles Rivkin argued.

The studgame ios had made some ground by 2018, with the U.S. Trade Representative sầu reviewing Openload as a “notorious” market. The Reviews detailed how Openload inexplicably encouraged the uploading of illegal content lớn receive sầu free downloads. The coalition continued their battle &, on October 31, 2019, they received a settlement outside of court. According to lớn an ACE press release, the operators of Openload had also agreed to pay a “significant damage award.” And that my friends is the ruinous tale of Openload.