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Popcorn Time comes back (with MPAA Domain?)

Comment by Danilo_Venom
about Popcorn Time · Feb 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful

Most original developers have left the project, but Popcorn Time is back again.

Source: https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-hunted-popcorn-time-makes-surprise-comeback-160217/

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Why are alternativeTo admins making false and alarmist statements about this application?

Comment by UniverseMan
about Popcorn Time · Mar 2014 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful

When you click the link to the website, this comes up:

We have received reports that this application may be dangerous. See comment from our admins below:

It's using p2p, that means it's illegal.

What?? Wow. Where does one even begin?

  1. "Dangerous"? I might reasonably assume that means the application is a trojan horse, spyware, etc. Is that what is being alleged? Because surely you're not calling something "dangerous" simply because it threatens movie studios' profits.

But more importantly...

  1. "It's using p2p, that means it's illegal." Excuse me?? The application itself is illegal? Meaning what? I'm breaking a law by downloading it to my computer? And moreover, you are telling me that any application that uses p2p technology is illegal by virtue of that one fact? The mind reels.

What in the world is going on here? The second statement is patently false, the first statement is probably false, and both statements are needlessly alarmist. If you feel the need to say something about piracy, how about something like, "This application may be used to illegally obtain copyrighted material. Be aware of the laws in your jurisdiction and the potential consequences of breaking them."

This is really disappointing, and I hope it's the work of a rogue admin and will be undone.

edit: Thank you for eliminating the worst part of it. "May not be safe" and "may be dangerous" I think still imply the program may directly harm the user's data or privacy.

[Edited by UniverseMan, March 11]

I totally agree. p2p is not illegal as such. Alarmist, and factually incorrect. Copying from wikipedia:
"The act of file sharing is not illegal and peer-to-peer networks are used for legitimate purposes. The legal issues in file sharing involve violating the laws of copyrighted material. Most discussions about the legality of file sharing are implied to be about solely copyright material. Many countries have fair use exceptions that permit limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Such documents include commentary, news reporting, research and scholarship. Copyright laws are territorial- they do not extend beyond the territory of a specific state unless that state is a party to an international agreement. Most countries today are parties to at least one such agreement."

tl;dr , now using the warning provided by Popcorn Time itself: "Downloading copyrighted material may be illegal in your country. Use at your own risk."

[Edited by tabakis, March 11]
P.S interesting article on popcorn time @ http://www.osnews.com/story/27609

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