As expected, the popular and illegal movie and TV streaming site Movie2K is back, under a new name and a new domain. Other than that, it’s mostly the same.Some users are reporting a smaller selection of titles, compared to the old Movie2K which disappeared from the web last week.
That may be the result of the transition process and the missing movies may be coming back in time.
There are also some details on why the site went down, via a message on the site aimed at anti-piracy groups, Hollywood, and the police.
"Nobody should have the power to suppress somebody just because of money!," the message on the new Movie4K site says. "This site is the result of the need of many Human Beings. Everyone wants Movie2k.to/Movie4k.to back."
"We, the Citizens, have to make clear that a 'copyright infringement' cannot be compared to a violent crime. How come bootlegger get five years of jail time while child abuser are free on a 22-month probation? That is because money is way more important than an unique human life," it continues.
"You cannot suppress the will of the People! One website goes, the next day five new appear. Did not the time come to overthink your marketing concepts and accept the new media?," it asks.
The message also names the GVU, an anti-piracy group in Germany, confirming perhaps a link between the site's disappearance and relocation and a raid on a former Kino.to uploader, which apparently took place on May 22.
It's now clear that there is a connection between the raid, led by the GVU, and Movie2K going down, though there's no guarantee that there's a direct connection.
Movie2K was blocked in the UK a couple of weeks ago. Several proxy sites popped up, so UK fans didn't miss out on much. Last week, however, the site went down entirely, although there were signs that the blackout wasn't permanent. Finally, Movie2K became Movie4K, which went live over the weekend.
Update: Movie4K may be an unofficial clone of Movie2K, there are still some details to work out.