We did talk about the highly controversial Popcorn Time yesterday, and it seems that this Netflix-style movie streaming app which caters for pirated films has been removed from the file sharing site that hosts it. Basically, one can no longer download Popcorn Time freely as they would have been able to do so yesterday, despite the official Popcorn Time website remaining online. However, should you make an attempt to look for the now missing download link, you will be greeted by the message “Download links are down for a bit. We’ll be right back! Careful when downloading from other sources, as we have the only official ones.”
It is interesting to note that this particular software has been hosted as a public download on Kim Dotcom’s Mega cloud storage service, albeit it was deleted shortly afterwards. There was a member of the Popcorn Time developer team who stepped forward to confirm that the application installer was not removed by them, but it was Mega who removed it. “We are discussing our next step. This could be the end of Popcorn Time – not the community, its open source – but maybe our goodbye as a team.”
Apparently, all the spotlight that shone in the direction of Popcorn Time did also attract the attention of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), who could be sharpening the legal knives in order to make this project defunct.