Nepali Movie Online (MOLO) is one of the country’s largest and most widely visited movie websites, having attracted more than a million visitors in the last year.
The company has been operating under the umbrella of a Nepali NGO called The Missionary Foundation, which has also been a major source of income for the Nepali government, as well as for the state-owned telecoms firm Telecom Nepal.
MOLO has also made it possible for the country to stream movies to many streaming services.
However, since the government took over control of the company, the company has experienced a number of problems, including allegations of tax evasion, copyright violations, and abuse of the rights of users, which prompted the country government to shut it down in September 2017.
The MOLA website, which is the only official Nepali site to offer streaming services, had been up and running for almost a year.
However, in late 2017, it was reported that MOLM, the government-controlled media arm of the NGO, had taken control of MOLOPA, which was a subsidiary of MOMO, the Nepalese movie company.
According to reports in the Nepalis media, the reason for the shutdown was the allegation that MOMo had abused users’ rights and copyright by exploiting the copyright-infringing work of an unknown film producer named Kaitlyn Poon.
Poon’s film “Citizen” had been nominated for several awards, including best director at the 2017 Golden Globes and best actor at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
According, MOMP, in an interview with the Nepalian state news agency, the reasons behind the shutdown were: MOMOPA had abused its copyright-owning rights by distributing the movie without permission; MOMM and MOME, as the entities in charge of MolOPA, had not been able to identify and verify the rights owner of the work MOMPO claimed to own; and MMO, as a subsidiary and not MOMOP, had violated its legal obligations under the Nepalee Film and Television Act.
The reason behind the closure of MOGO, which had been the most popular Nepali cinema site in the past few years, was not immediately clear.
However the government has stated that it has “agreed” to a merger between MOGA and MOLOP, and that MOGOA will continue to operate as the official Nepalesian website.
In response to the news, MOLOA CEO Ramy Poon said in a statement that MALOMO will continue its operations as MOGM, and said that the company will continue the fight against the abuses of copyright in Nepali films.