Vice interviewed Federico Abad, one of the developers of a service that has been dubbed "The Netflix for Pirates", Popcorn Time. In their article they also detail some of the difficulties Hollywood has had with these illegal services.
It has been difficult for the film industryto
get the Popcorn Time site taken down since, in the US, simply downloading the
software is legal, while using it to download or streama pirated film is
illegal.In Denmark, two men were arrested because they ran websites that
provided information on how to use Popcorn Time. In some countries, such as the
UK, Popcorn Time has been blocked.
In the US, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) played a key
role in shutting down Popcorn Time, as evidenced from a 2014quarterly
update thatwas revealed in the Sony email hack.