Popcorn Time, the desktop app that acts as a Netflix for pirated content, has been resurrected by torrent site YTS.
Speaking with website TorrentFreak, YTS developer Jduncanato claimed that the (still legally dubious) service is in a better position from a copyright position because it’s built on their API:
“It’s as if we have built another interface to our website. We are no worse off managing the project than we would be just supplying the movies. It’s our vision at YTS that we see through projects like these and that just because they create a little stir in the public, it doesn’t mean they are shut down.”
The new version of Popcorn Time works just like the previous one, and is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. Its installer and project files are available on GitHub.
The original incarnation of Popcorn Time lasted just one week — with the app’s developers announcing that the open source project was shutting down last Friday. The developers claimed that, “Our experiment has put us at the doors of endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love. And that’s not a battle we want a place in.”
Thanks to the power of open source, looks like someone else was willing to pick up the ball and run with it.
Your move, Entertainment Industry!