Popcorn Time Lets You Watch Any Movie For Free
There is a place on the Internet where any movie can be instantly
streamed in perfect high-definition quality. Like a Netflix that
actually has the selection you want, it's filled with all the movies you
don't want to spend $12 to see in theaters but would happily watch for
free from the comfort of your couch.
It's called Popcorn Time, and it's making illegal online piracy scary simple.
downloadable app for Windows, Mac and Linux -- that launched about a
month ago but is recently gaining steam -- works with BitTorrent to let
users download movies from the Web completely free. An impressively
sized selection means users can watch this year's Oscar-winning films or
the movies still in theaters -- selections that might never make it to
their Netflix accounts.
But the genius of Popcorn Time is that it's so easy to use that people might not even realize what they're doing is illegal.
So many choices. So simple. So illegal.
The app eliminates the need to navigate through confusing torrent sites
and has made stealing copyrighted material easier than ever. This is no
sketchy web equivalent of a back alley, either; it's a smooth,
beautifully designed site that's arguably easier to navigate than
Netflix or HBOGo.
However, watching a movie through Popcorn Time is stealing
copyrighted material, and there's always the possibility of jail time,
felony charges and a $250,000 fine.
piracy's effects on the entertainment industry have been much debated,
with the controversial SOPA and PIPA acts making headlines last year and
some recent studies suggesting that piracy actually benefits creative industries. But while Popcorn Time's creators reportedly aren't worried about getting into trouble -- no
copyrighted material is hosted on their site, and the service is free
and open source so they're not actually doing anything illegal -- users
should exercise some restraint.
The US Copyright Group has managed to track down individual file sharers before, so unless you're using a virtual private network, you're at risk should you choose to download movies from Popcorn Time.
Moral of the story: Those opposed to the possibility of spending time behind bars may want to stick to renting DVD
Edited by Random Thoughts - Mar 13 2014 at 5:25pm