Popcorn Time repository was blocked after complaint

In a previous article we talk about Popcorn which is a system that allows organizing the execution of applications on several computers with the transparent distribution and migration of flows between hosts and that currently the developers of the Polytechnic University of Virginia have sent as a proposal for its development in the Linux Kernel.

And is that talking about Popcorn on the network, the news about the blockade was released what did GitHub do to the repository of the open project "Popcorn Time" after receive a complaint from the Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA), which represents the interests of major US television studios and has exclusive rights to show many movies and TV shows.

This block was derived from the complaint of a violation of the Copyright Law of the Digital Age (DMCA) in the United States.

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For those who are unfamiliar with the "Popcorn Time" program, you should know that it provides a convenient interface to search and view video in transmission mode, located in various BitTorrent networks, without waiting for it to be completely downloaded to the computer (in fact, it is a client Open BitTorrent with a built-in media player).

Basically what it does is stream, play and download movies, TV shows, series and Animes online from torrent files.

The Association of Film Companies demanded to block the repositories pop-corn -desktop and popcorn-api, citing the fact that the development and use of software developed in these repositories leads to copyright infringement in movies and television shows.

The files and codes identified in the repository are alleged to be used specifically to search for and obtain pirated copies of movies and television shows, in violation of copyright law.

In particular, some of the supplied files as part of the project (YtsProvider.js, BaseProvider.js, apiModules.js, torrent_collection.js) contain links to hacked sites and torrent trackers that provide access to unlicensed copies of movies. The project also uses the APIs provided by those sites to provide access to counterfeit content from the Popcorn Time application.

Interestingly, in 2014, the MPA already tried to block Popcorn Time on GitHub under the pretext that the program was created specifically to access pirated copies of movies and television shows. At that time, the popcorn-app, popcorntime-desktop, and popcorntime-android repositories were locked.

The MPA also forced developers to stop developing under threat of legal claims and officially announced the closure of the project, but anonymously revived the project in the form of a popcorntime.io fork (the creators of the original Popcorn Time clearly did not associate with popcorntime.io, but claimed to be its successor to the closed project, in addition to emerging more Forks also by various teams around the world.

In 2015, the MPA, through the courts of Canada and New Zealand, he achieved the termination of popcorntime.io and the transfer of the domain into the hands of MPA, but the developers transferred the project to the popcorntime.sh domain. The MPA has secured a ruling in the UK and Israel for blocking URL providers from downloading Popcorn Time.

In Denmark, the popcorntime.dk site was shut down and its creators arrested, but it turned out that they were not related to the developers and only provided information about the service. In Norway, the domain Popcorn-Time.no was seized, providing links to download Popcorn Time.

Many German Popcorn Time users were sued for € 815 for damages resulting not only from viewing, but also from the distribution of illegal content (lured as participants in distributions via BitTorrent).


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