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Popcorn Time derivative GitHub repositories shuttered by MPAA

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Sat July 12, 2014

Original repository remains intact, popcorn-official and time4popcorn dead

The US Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has issued Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests for code repositories for BitTorrent-based video streaming projects based on the Popcorn Time core. The MPAA requested that the code for "popcorn-official" and "time4popcorn" projects be removed from GitHub, but the original Popcorn Time repository remains intact and undeleted.

Popcorn Time is a multi-platform, free and open-source media player. The program is intended as a free alternative to subscription-based video streaming services such as Netflix, but is capable of streaming pirated films from torrent trackers.

The project was abandoned by its original developers, but quickly subsumed by other groups wanting to continue the effort. Binaries are available for Linux, Windows, OS X, and Android with Chromecast support.

The MPAA takedown requests says that "we are writing to notify you of, and request your assistance in addressing the extensive copyright infringement of motion pictures and television shows that is occurring by virtue of the operation and further development of the GitHub projects Popcorn Time, and Time4Popcorn."

It took less than three hours for GitHub to purge the projects, but the websites for the projects with compiled binaries remain online. The removal will likely slow and obfuscate the development process somewhat, but not cease it completely.

by MacNN Staff



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