Popcorn Time Saga Continues: 'Netflix For Piracy' App Returns After Brief Shutdown

 @ryanWneal
on March 17 2014 4:18 PM
Popcorn Time
An explanation of the new torrent streamer Popcorn Time, a pirated Netflix-like program boasting movie titles like "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," by someone not-so-tech-savvy. Screen Grab

Just four days after Popcorn Time made headlines for making watching pirated movies as easy as streaming on Netflix, the app was killed.

Just two days after that, Popcorn Time was resurrected.

A torrent site known as YTS has picked up the project and believes it has the ability to continue it in the long-term.

“We are in a better position copyright wise as for us, because it’s build on our API, it’s as if we have built another interface to our website,” YTS told TorrentFreak, adding that the controversy around Popcorn Time is necessary for a public debate on copyright law. “We are no worse off managing [Popcorn Time] than we would be just supplying the movies.”

Despite these words, YTS clearly recognizes that Popcorn Time conflicts with the law. YTS gave TorrentFreak a follow-up statement that emphasized that Popcorn Time is a “community-driven project” that is not owned by a single entity.

The installer and project files for Popcorn Time are now available on GitHub, and it now includes new information like cover and backdrop images, plot synopses and runtime.

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