O.K. versus K.O.

 „Razzia bei kino.to zwingt Millionen User, zwei Minuten nach neuer Streaming-Plattform zu suchen“  *

Guys. Some German will be needed for the following article. But I highly believe in your skills. I also highly believe that my post may interest you. As you maybe admit to watch movies, use the internet – and sometimes combine those two => STREAMING – my story about KINO.TO is made for you:

 Wednesday, 8th June 2011 – Germany, Spain, France and Netherlands.  250 police men and IRS agents, 17 IT experts, 20 locations.

“- der Eindruck entsteht, hier sei es mindestens um das Ausheben eines internationalen Kinderporno-Rings gegangen.“ (Berliner Zeitung, 13.Juni 2011)

But nope. No child pornopraphie. Mission: Kill kino.to!

Kino.to was a german video-on-demand-website, which offered links to movies, soaps and other media material. For free. 4 Mision users every day. After the razzia 13 people were arrested and the department of public prosecution investigates in suspicion of criminal and illegal actions.

 Ich würde sagen, das ist ein großer Schlag gegen meine Freizeitaktivitäten, aber dennoch gerecht.“

In the early morning hours of last Wednesday the website was shut down. Users, who planned to have their usual bed and Simpson and breakfast morning were disappointed:

No chance to open the site.

  • Wrong address?

  • Wlan- problem?

  • Hacker alarm?

Google! Aha. Bye bye Kino.to!

“Es war schrecklich”, erklärte etwa der 32-jährige Serienjunkie Gernot B. gegenüber dem Postillon. “Ich war gerade mitten in der dritten Staffel von Big Bang Theory, als kino.to plötzlich ausfiel. So war ich gezwungen “big bang theory stream” zu googeln. Erst kurze Zeit später konnte ich mir die nächste Folge auf Movie2k.to ansehen.” *

Surfing the internet you find abridgements of the search warrant, which has not only kino.to but also other 4 similar websites plus 14 filehosters in focus. Us users still don’t know if to worry or not. Uploading is definitely illegal, just consuming (in this case watching aka streaming) is still in the grey area. But since the movie- data is also buffered on our computers, we do a kind of downloading. And that again is already more in the illegal zone.

 Ebensowenig kann ich aber die Wut mancher kino.to-User über die Sperrung von kino.to verstehen: Es gibt kein Menschenrecht auf einen kostenlosen Kinofilm am Tag.

Some weeks ago I reported in my blog post about ANONYMOS, an internet cooperation with several aims like the fight against Scientology or active support of the worldwide freedom of press. Of course, the association couldn’t keep quiet in the case. Not long after the razzia the hacker- association crashed the website of the GVU (Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen) and gave due to that their public statement. Until now the site is not available.

So what can we do? Several articles and a few clicks on google give hints about other streaming- platforms. Still the case made a few of us think. Pay Holywood and assure our own movie-future or proof our flexibility and switch to movie2k.to?

 “B. überlegt nun, ob er sich seine Lieblingsserien künftig nicht doch lieber illegal auf die Festplatte herunterlädt anstatt sie zu streamen, um derartige Zeitverluste ausschließen zu können.“ *

Anyway, that’s how the business works. We have the losers (kino), we have to winners (movie2k). We have the indifferent (us) and we have the other winners: media and court. Congratulations to that awesome show!

„Sollten die Fahnder mit einer ähnlichen Geschwindigkeit wie bei kino.to, das mindestens sechs Jahre online war, vorgehen, dann – so fürchten Branchenkenner – könnte die nächste schon 2017 abgeschaltet werden.“

*(Der Postillon, 9.Juni 2011)

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About angiethiem

Berlin-city-girl. 20 years old. Student of the HWR Berlin, International Business Management. Passion: overkills, dancing, nerds. View all posts by angiethiem

9 responses to “O.K. versus K.O.

  • Lisa

    ach anjay.
    you are always able to make me laugh!
    I love your style of writing. really.
    Here some tips for the real ‘kino.to feeling’ that I found in the Titanic Magazine:

    “Gehen Sie in eins dieser echten Kinos und beachten Sie folgende Dinge:

    – Fernglas mitbringen und verkehrtherum durchschauen (für die richtige Bildgröße)
    – Omas schmutzige und zerkratzte Hornbrille aufsetzen (für die gewohnte Bildqualität)
    – Rechts Ohropax und links Opas Hörgerät auf voller Lautstärke einstöpseln (für den optimalen Sound)
    – Während der Vorstellung Bomben- oder Feueralarm auslösen (für die üblichen Nachladezeiten)
    – Neben eine kränkliche und hustende Person setzen (um weiterhin Angst vor einem Virus haben zu können)”

  • itgalina

    Dear Angie!
    Your articles are always fun to read! The structure with the quotes is really cool. Love it! When I opened the kino.to page and it said something like “the police has locked it” I couldn’t believe what I saw. Suddenly it was blocked? Why? But as you wrote in your ironic way, it took me just a few moments to find a new source for free movies. Even though this action is actually no use and we can still watch movies for free, police man did at least anything (I don’t want to say that I wanna miss free movies) but we can also consider this as a step in the right direction. What else should the poor police man do? When investigating whether kino.to is illegal I found this discusiion: http://www.ibb-bet.de/vc_fonds_kreativ.0.html. It seems like everything we did was ok :)

  • itsonja

    Hey Anja,
    thanks for the interesting post on this very recent event. It was great and entertaining to read all the different quotes you included, especially the one about the person thinking about actually downloading movies illegally now instad of streaming to avoid the whole distress. haven’t we actually all considered that every once in a while?
    I ‘ve actually always prefered movie2k.com or .to so it didn’t really matter much to me that the site was closed down, I never really go a grip on how these players worked on that kino.to so I can only recomment to all people that are sad now about the loss of kino.to out there to switch to movie2k.to or ‘project free tv.’
    I was wondering many times how its possible that such a website is legally available on the web, I think a closing down was doomed to happen. Let’s just hope the other streaming platforms can continue to operate,

    It was like always a very entertaining and delightful read! thanks for the great post.

  • itsonja

    Hey Anja,
    thanks for the interesting post on this very recent event. It was great and entertaining to read all the different quotes you included, especially the one about the person thinking about actually downloading movies illegally now instad of streaming to avoid the whole distress. haven’t we actually all considered that every once in a while?
    I ‘ve actually always prefered movie2k.com or .to so it didn’t really matter much to me that the site was closed down, I never really go a grip on how these players worked on that kino.to so I can only recomment to all people that are sad now about the loss of kino.to out there to switch to movie2k.to or ‘project free tv.’
    Iwas wondering many times how its possible that such a website is legally available on the web, I think a closing down was doomed to happen. Let’s just hope the other streaming platforms can continue to operate,

    It was like always a very entertaining and delightful read! thanks for the great post.

  • NerdyLaura

    Hey Anja!
    What an interesting article about the end of kino.to!
    I totally love movies and this was a reason for me to apply for a job at my local video libary (of course I wanted to earn a few bucks, too ;)). Maybe it seems like shutting down kino.to is just a drop in the ocean but I have to say that turnover of VideoWorld really increased since the website is dead.
    Nowadays, times are really hard for video libaries because the WorldWideWeb offers nearly everything, everywhere, even at 4 in the morning. Before I worked there I had the opinion that sites like kino.to are very cool and practical but since my job depends on lending movies, I changed my mind a little.
    In addition, Kino.to really got on my nerves. Half of the linkes were dead and, as Lisa already implied, the quality was overall nothing but underground. Nothing can replace cinema or sitting at home watching a brilliant BluRay in high-definition. But I can understand that many movies are not worth paying entry and that people do not want to buy every movie they want to watch and that’s why streaming websites are used. Maybe decreasing prices of DVDs and BluRays could improve the problem (earning less instead of getting nothing at all). What do you think?

    Click to read an interesting article about the DVD-BluRay-Cinema-Battle:
    http://www.techfacts.net/news/technik/blu-ray-ueberholt-dvd-und-stellt-das-kino-aufs-abstellgleis

  • Stephanie Krogmann

    Hey Anjay,

    I really like to follow your posts, your style of writing is awesome. The topic you chose is really cool, too. Kino.to was really important to a lot of people and I gues there are only a few persons in Gemany who did not hear about it before it was shut down. Who wants to pay for movies if you get them for free? That´s what a lot of people think..For me, however the shut down made me think about watching movies. I love to go to the theatre, eat popcorn, smell popcorn, be in an other world for 1,5 hours and just relax..That is not possible when watching streams online. 1. You have to wait until the movie has loaded. 2. You are still at home, the atmosphere is different. 3. The self-made popcorn is not that good :D
    So, we should go to the movies more often and enjoy the feeling of it. :)
    Maybe the shut down of Kino.to was not too bad..we have more time to watch fewer movies ( as we do not have that much money) in better quality :)

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  • kristinajo

    hey anja,
    I really like your post,espacially because you quoted the article by “Der Postillon” which was one of the first and funniest articles on the topic of closing down kino.to. You also managed to combine a serious topic with an ironic hint, which is absolutely vital for this kind of topic…
    If you are interested on the popularity of the article in “Der Postillon”, I found a funny blogpost that is reflecting the popularity via facebook:
    http://netzwertig.com/2011/06/14/satirebeitrag-uber-kino-to-schliesung-53-000-facebook-likes-bringen-184-851-seitenaufrufe/

    Nice job!

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