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Illegal Movie Site 'Popcorn Time' Shuttered

21 Oct, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Browser Popcorn, an online reiteration of predecessor Popcorn Time, which enabled users to stream pirated movies and TV shows, has shut down just days after launching. The site’s reported owner, 15-year-old Serbian national Milan Kragujevic, terminated the website after receiving a cease-and-desist mandate from the Motion Picture Association of America.

Kragujevic initially intended to switch domains and servers to stay ahead of the MPAA.

"I live in a country where copyright law is almost nonexistent, and simply I don't care," Kragujevic reportedly wrote on ProductHunt.com. "I will keep moving the website, changing domains and providers."

In a separate interview with Popcorn Time founder Federico Abad with Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, the programmer contends Hollywood’s windowed release strategies are what drive piracy.

Abad said that if content was released simultaneously across all distribution channels, piracy could be eliminated.

Indeed, the 29-year-old Abad told Dagens Naeringsliv he subscribes to Netflix but has become frustrated with the site’s lack of content. That's notable considering the SVOD pioneer is attempting to upend theatrical distribution by releasing its slate of original movies in theaters and global streaming simultaneously.

“I love Netflix. But its catalog in Argentina is absolutely horrible. Even the latest additions they put out are several years old,” he told the newspaper.

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