Free online streaming applications have been under the constant scrutiny of anti-piracy group, putting its founders in constant run.
Co-founder Peter Sunde of The Pirate Bay, one of the most stable and secure online website that offers free downloads of movies and songs, revealed that the application is already in “closed and controlled state,” noted Yibada.
He said, “I have given up the idea that we can win this fight for the Internet… because apparently that is something people are not interested in fixing,” possibly implying that part of the decision was the people’s lack of cooperation.
However, the same is not the case for Popcorn Time, a website that offers almost similar services. With the several threats it has received from anti-piracy groups that caused multiple ups and downs of its site, it has resurfaced through a Community Edition.
Referred to as Popcorn Time Community Edition or simply, PTCE, the site functions as a fork or variation of its original website where users can access and get the same services. “Now we have taken it a step further and created a web site where people can find more information about the Community edition project and links to the working installers or other relevant information,” revealed PTCE to Torrent Freak.
Popcorn Time continues to brave through the multiple attempts to put them down. They even boasted that “Popcorn Time will probably never go away, despite the efforts made by organizations such as BREIN, the MPAA and others,” noted the same report from Torrent Freak. They added, “Instead of fighting this great software they should embrace it.”
Still, not everyone is as lucky as them. The “Popcorn Time for Music” called Aurous has reportedly been sued and shutdown shortly after it was launched. Florida-based developer Andrew Sampson has also paid for the $3 million lawsuit to cover the charges for the application. According to RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman “Aurous appropriately agreed to shut down. It was the right thing to do. We hope this sends a strong signal that unlicensed services cannot expect to build unlawful businesses on the backs of music creators,” noted a different report from Torrent Freak.