The Popcorn Time app, with its famous popcorn cartridge icon, disappears and stops working . Since it appeared in 2014, it turned the online viewing of all kinds of movies into something as simple as enjoying streaming platforms such as Netflix or Prime Video with one important caveat: it was as free as it was illegal.
It was enough to install the app and search for the title of a movie or a series and, on P2P protocols such as those that allow exchanging files , instead of downloading the content, it was reproduced via streaming.
This meant that Popcorn Time developers were subject to legal prosecution by the holders of the intellectual property rights of the content that could be accessed on the platform.
Although the statement that announced the cessation of the platform’s operation does not make any reference to these legal procedures, the reason could have been that from the Hollywood studios a legal persecution was initiated not against the platform itself but against individual users , accusing them of illegally downloading protected content.
The answer from Popcorn Time has always been that they did not host content but simply offered the platform through which users can access content hosted on other users’ own computers, the basis of the P2P system (peer to peer, or communication between pairs).
The original creators of Popcorn Time themselves left the project shortly after bringing it into shape in 2014, but as an open source platform a community of developers emerged that has since allowed it to continue operating.
In fact, since then it has gone through different stages in which it stopped working and returned to life, encouraged by different generations of these developers who now seem to have put an end to the activity permanently.
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