Popcorn Time news: 'Netflix for Pirates' is back after months of being down

Popcorn Time, the popular app that allows users to enjoy pirated movies is now back with its most popular fork, Popcorntime.io, which was shut down for four months.

The site now has a new domain extension, Popcorntime.sh. The announcement was posted by a group of anonymous developers this week on the site's blog, writing "We are officially back."


Torrent Freak reported that the popular fork was shut down unexpectedly last year with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) taking credit for the website's fall. The MPAA had announced that it filed a lawsuit against several Canadian developers, which resulted to the abandonment of the project.

However, Popcorn Time was determined to come back and they want people to know what their future plan is.

"After the "MPAA incident", we're a little diminished, and we've chosen a new direction: we're shifting from an active development of Popcorn Time to a more or less resilience-driven development," the blog post reads.

Popcorn Time may be back but according to the announcement, the service is not in active development. According to developers, they will fix important bugs but most of the time, they won't be hands on with Popcorn Time.

Additionally, the most important change found in the new Popcorn Time site is that the code is based on the app's legal version, Butter. Most of the original creators are also focusing on Butter.

Popcorntime.io is considered the "official" fork of the original app that was launched in 2014. Under legal pressure, developers were quick enough to take down the service but the code was used to clone many Popcorn Time versions. Most of these versions are not as well-received as the original, plus some of them were also used as hosts of malware and spyware.

Surely, Hollywood lawyers and the MPAA won't be thrilled with this news.

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