Popcorn Time is a movie streaming service that gets it’s sources from torrents. Formerly, this service worked through desktop and Android mobile apps. It wasn’t available on the web due to hosting issues. A 15-year-old Serbian programmer Milan Kragujevic, was able make this possible , and the service was hosted on browserpopcorn.xyz. This got a lot of attention over the weekend.
In an article he wrote:
“I live in a country where copyright law is almost nonexistant, and simply I don’t care,”
“I will keep moving the website, changing domains and providers … I don’t need to earn a single penny from it. I just want to do it because I believe that piracy will eventually cause the streaming bubble to pop, and the movie studios will realize that.”
A day later, piracy advocates hunted and shut down the domain. The young man then moved the site elsewhere to browserpopcorn.gq. As at time of writing this article, the site is down and no longer available. It appears further threats got to the young man and he gave up.
“It was a nice ride, but it’s time to move on,”
“I will be distancing myself from further development of Browser Popcorn.”