Tags: popcorn time | shut | down | movie-streaming

Popcorn Time Shuts Down: Piracy Concerns Dog Movie-Streaming Website

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 07:51 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Popcorn Time, the free movie-streaming site that has been gaining steam over the last few weeks, has been shut down amid cries of piracy and copyright infringement.

The service, which used BitTorrent to distribute a huge selection of movies — some of which were still in theaters — debuted sometime last month and quickly became the go-to movie site in many countries.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

But despite the message from the open-sourced app's Argentinian developers ("Popcorn Time as a project is legal. We checked. Four Times."), it turns out it's actually not.

"Popcorn Time is shutting down today," the site's creators said in a blog post last week. "Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus, or allies. But because we need to move on with our lives. Our experiment has put us at the doors of endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats, and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love. And that's not a battle we want a place in."

Users reportedly liked the site for its attractive, Netflix-like interface that blinded them to the fact that movie piracy is punishable by jail time, felony charges, and a possible $250,000 fine, according to PCWorld.com.

But Popcorn Time's creators argued that it's not the downloaders who should be punished.

"Piracy is not a people problem," the blog post read. "It's a service problem. A problem created by an industry that portrays innovation as a threat to their antique recipe to collect value."

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Johnny Depp: Tokyo Attack by 'Chupacabra' Kept Me From News Conference

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 16:53 PM

Actor Johnny Depp is making light of missing a press conference in Tokyo by joking that he was attacked by a mythical cr . . .

Bound Brook Teens' Shoveling Venture Squashed by Cops During Storm

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 15:48 PM

Social media has helped shine a national spotlight on two teens in Bound Brook, New Jersey, who were stopped by police w . . .

Michelle Obama's Lack of Headscarf During Saudi Trip Angers Critics

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 15:19 PM

Michelle Obama is facing a barrage of criticism after appearing without a headscarf during an appearance in Saudi Arabia . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved