Popcorn Time: Court Orders Israeli ISPs to Block the Site
Well well well, guess who is getting busted this May. Court orders Israeli ISPs to block Popcorn Time app that was called ‘Netflix for Pirates’ and it is not a joke. Anti-Piracy groups are taking this website seriously and are not ready to let it pass by.
Following last month’s similar decision taken by the courts in UK, Israel also censures the availability of this website on their ISPs. Popcorn Time’s recent website that allows pirates/users to browse movies from within their browsers without having to download or install anything, is the most accessible version to date. Removing content permanently from the website is kind of impossible since it is powered by BitTorrent.
However, if lawbreakers are smart, lawmakers are smarter! An anti-piracy group in Israel called ZIRA which represents media corporations has found a way around this situation. ZIRA has filed a petition in the court on the basis of ‘holder’s copyrights violation’.
The court granted ZIRA a sanction that orders Israeli ISPs to block Popcorn Time. The injunction states that the website is infringing copyrights of holders even if is not hosting the content itself. Attorney Presenti told media that the website allows users to stream without holder permission hence infringing copyrights.
The Popcorn Time software provides users with a service to stream and download content on the Internet, including Israeli movies and foreign movies and TV series with English subtitles, without having any permission from copyright holders to do so.
This order means that Israeli users won’t be able to download anything further from Popcorn Time however; apps already downloaded will remain active. Another major problem that ZIRA might have to face is if the website shifts to port 80. If Israeli ISPs block Popcorn Time, they would have to block other traffic as well.
Source: Torrent Freak