Popcorn Time Still Alive Thanks to Open Source



  • The bittorrent and movie streaming client Popcorn Time has had quite the legal fight, but due to the protective nature of open source licensing it has managed to elude the big MPAA supporting governments from being able to do too much about it. While the original developers were stopped via the MPAA, the software itself is public and being developed around the world. Getting an official website continues to be a challenge for the project, but keeping the code alive is not.

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/popcorn-time-community-edition-still-alive-and-kicking-498388.shtml



  • If I understand correctly how that app works, it streams video content from public trackers. Poor quality and a huge risk for legal repercussions. And while open source licensing allow them to avoid legal trouble - except the original developers - the end users are exposed to all kinds of issues.


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    @marcinozga said:

    If I understand correctly how that app works, it streams video content from public trackers. Poor quality and a huge risk for legal repercussions. And while open source licensing allow them to avoid legal trouble - except the original developers - the end users are exposed to all kinds of issues.

    Only if illegal where you live. This is perfectly legal in much of the world, including parts of Europe.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @marcinozga said:

    If I understand correctly how that app works, it streams video content from public trackers. Poor quality and a huge risk for legal repercussions. And while open source licensing allow them to avoid legal trouble - except the original developers - the end users are exposed to all kinds of issues.

    Only if illegal where you live. This is perfectly legal in much of the world, including parts of Europe.

    My wife got a letter from Verizon once, because, silly me, I was downloading from Kickass. I know in Germany you can get in real trouble for torrenting. In Poland torrenting is legal for "private use" as long as you don't share it - I know, real geniuses we have in our government, part of why I migrated.



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