Popcorn Time Blocked in UK, Will Soon Go P2P
The popular Popcorn Time movie streaming service has been struck by the ban hammer thanks to the UK High Court. The Court ruled it as illegal and should be banned by service providers in the UK.
There are five major service providers who are asked to block pages where Popcorn Time is available for download. These service providers include Sky, BT, EE, TalkTalk and VirginMedia.
Meanwhile, the good news is that the Popcorn Time service itself will carry on. The case was brought in front of the court by Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount, Disney, and Columbia Pictures. Mr Judge Birss heard the proceeding and ruled in favor of the aforementioned movie makers.
According to the ruling:
It is manifest that the Popcorn Time…is used in order to watch pirated content on the internet and indeed it is also manifest that that is its purpose. No-one really uses Popcorn Time in order to watch lawfully available content.
The creators of the app are disappointed by the ruling and feel the judgement is against the rights of citizens’ of England. They do hope to see some form of protest, but considering how easy it was for the country’s judicial system to snatch the rights of its citizens, Popcorn Time creators doubt a protest will ever work.
The creators are working towards making Popcorn Time completely p2p and they said that “soon the software will not be depended on any domain or centralized server to operate.”