Instead of fighting Internet users, Hollywood should do something like Popcorn Time
Popcorn Time, the movie application that allows users to stream their favorite films, is back online. Moreover, Internet mogul Kim Dotcom says that the tool shows where the road ends for Hollywood.After getting shut down recently, some good news about the site came forth over the weekend thanks to the people behind YTS. According to TorrentFreak, the project has been taken over with immediate effect.
“Popcorn Time is shutting down today. Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus or allies. But because we need to move on with our lives,” the team behind the project said when it decided to just call it quits.
Then, last week, the software disappeared from Mega.co.nz because of what was originally feared to be an MPAA lawsuit. Dotcom expressed his confusion about the situation on Twitter, especially since he’s not involved in Mega’s day-to-day business after he resigned from Management to work on other projects, including Baboom and the Internet Party.
It wasn’t easy for them either, especially since the debate about piracy and copyright landed right on their doorstep, alongside the regular legal threats that Hollywood is used to launch.
But it looks like this wasn’t the end of the road for the courageous project. Instead, YTS, the developer behind YIFY-Torrents, announced that it would be picking up the work for the project and it would not let it die.
“The YTS team will now be picking up the Popcorn Time project and continuing on like previously. We are in a better position copyright wise as for us, because it’s build on our 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,” the developer told TorrentFreak.
YTS then went back on its statement, mentioning that it was turning Popcorn Time into a community project, which would not be owned or maintained by a single person.
Now, Kim Dotcom chose to speak up about Popcorn Time again, saying that this is what Hollywood should be doing, were it not so fixated on its fight against piracy.
“The destruction of Megaupload did nothing for Hollywood. Piracy is bigger than ever, despite overreaching law enforcement action & efforts by the MPAA and Chris Dodd to buy aggressive copyright laws and treaties. Hollywood made a mistake when they hired a powerful former Senator to run the MPAA in an attempt to fix their Internet problems with a sledgehammer,” Dotcom said.
The Internet mogul continues to urge Hollywood to embrace the Internet since it could easily double its global income with a new online content service.