Review of YesMovies
YesMovies is a popular free movie streaming site with a range of indie, B-movie, old, and brand new films for streaming. While it has recently risen into popularity, many users are concerned about whether or not YesMovies is legal or even safe to use. This is a valid concern for many users, as you can be actively prosecuted for illegally streaming or downloading movies.
Almost all legal free movie sites either stream indie movies, pay for licensing using advertising, or have a combination of the two. In most cases, you can look for red flags like newly released movies, cam rips, and content with brand logos from premium streaming sites as indicators that the site is pirate.
Is Yes Movies Safe?
Yes Movies is a movie streaming site that offers movies, television shows, and other content seemingly free of charge. However, their content does not appear to be legally licensed or paid for. The site streams illegally distributed and pirated movies including cam rips, pirated films, and otherwise stolen media. Watching movies on Yes Movies could result in legal issues because streaming movies illegally is the same as downloading them via torrents or Usenet.
YesMovies offers cam rips, which are movies that were illegally recorded by someone sitting in a theater. While there is little risk for viewers, the MPAA has sued individuals in the past. Disney also sues individuals, so you may face litigation for watching cam-rip content through the site. This is usually only a risk from the site’s logs, which we will get to in a minute.
Netflix and Amazon Pirated Content
YesMovies appears to pirate and stream content from subscription media sites including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. This is illegal and the sites which own the content could potentially have the right to legally prosecute you for knowingly watching it.
Indie and B Movies
Yes Movies streams some indie movies as well as some movies which were not commercially successful. In some cases, these movies are not copyrighted and are legal to watch. Unfortunately, determining if this is the case is not straightforward.
Potential Pornographic Content
The YesMovies.to website has been associated with pornographic content in the past. While they do not currently list porn content on the site, this could change.
The YesMovies site was registered and launched on January 31, 2016. The site was launched to replace MovieFlix when MovieFlix was taken down and is most likely a continuation of the same site by the same owners. MovieFlix was illegally hosting content and charging $9.99 per month for streaming, and was shut down for violating copyright regulations.
YesMovies offers a browser add-on through MuckyDuck which is available for set-top streaming devices running Kodi. The add-on allows you to access all of Yes! Movies content right from your browser.
Remember that add-ons are software that you are installing on your computer. Ask yourself if you really want to trust a pirate movie site with having total access to your computer. Don’t do this.
The Verdict on YesMovies
The High Tech Society recommends that you avoid the YesMovies site and do not sign up for an account. While Yes Movies allows you to request movies and get alerts for new content, they do not have the rights to anything they stream and the site is blatantly illegal. Amazon Video is extremely inexpensive and would give you access to more content, without the worries.
Sites like this one often unscrupulously sell personal data and email addresses from their users to make a profit. If you have signed up for an account, we highly recommend that you take the time to change all passwords associated with the email you used to prevent potential hacks.
This site is also suspicious because of how long it has been online. Two years of blatantly streaming pirated content is an awfully long time without getting shut down. This leads to two logical conclusions. Either the operation is a front for collecting information or their days are very numbered and when they are busted their logs will be seized. In either case, I wouldn’t want to be accessing YesMovies without a VPN to hide my real IP. But some people have a higher tolerance for risk than I do.