Dallas Buyers Club Wants Cash From European Pirates

December 22nd, 2014

For years lawyers for movie outfit Voltage Pictures have been writing to U.S. based Internet users demanding cash for alleged copyright infringements. Judging from its legal persistence the company has probably made some decent profits while doing so.

Earlier this year Voltage began filing lawsuits against alleged downloaders of its hit movie Dallas Buyers Club. In common with all similar actions the end game is not a full trial but cash settlements from worried Internet account holders.

But while there are millions of torrent users in the U.S., Voltage and its partners are now venturing overseas. According to Danish news site Berlingske, the Dallas Buyers Club piracy-into-profit model is now operating in Europe.

In a letter obtained by the publication after being sent to an alleged Dallas Buyers Club downloader, veteran anti-piracy lawfirm Maqs demands a cash payment of around $250 to make a supposed lawsuit disappear.

The lawfirm increases its chances of a ‘hit’ by writing to the ISP account holder but noting that payment should be made “if you, or someone in your household” acknowledges having downloaded or shared the movie.

“We know that in a particular household is a computer where this [piracy] has occurred from. That is why we have been asked to contact these people by the film company,” Clausen said.

In further comments the lawyer acknowledges that the Internet account holder may not be the infringer and that it could’ve been a child, neighbor, or other third-party, but whether targets will understand the implications of this remains to be seen.

These days chasing down individual file-sharers is almost unheard of in Denmark, so it’s unclear whether targets of Voltage and its Danish partners will be aware of when they’re liable and when they not. Unsurprisingly the early signs indicate that some people are simply paying up.

“Some [letter recipients] are happy to be made aware that they have done something illegal. They have recognized this, paid us, and learned their lesson. It is positive and also the response that we have hoped for,” Clausen says.

As is common in these cases, some letter recipients have told the lawfirm that they have open wifi that could’ve been used by anyone. Some claim they don’t even have a computer. Responses from others are more predictable.

“A few have responded aggressively and negatively to the letter, and several have not responded at all,” Clausen adds.

But for all groups, there is a deadline. Maqs informs its targets that if no payment is made in 15 days, it may “be necessary to institute legal proceedings”. Given past experience it seems unlikely that will transpire but Maqs says that all options remain open.

“It is a choice by the rights owner, whether one wants to go to court with this later,” Clausen concludes.

It comes as no surprise that Denmark has been introduced to so-called mass BitTorrent lawsuits and if predictions hold out, expect many more European countries to become similar targets in 2015.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 12/22/14

December 22nd, 2014

equalizer1This week we have four newcomers in our chart.

The Equalizer is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
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1 (1) The Equalizer 7.4 / trailer
2 (3) Horrible Bosses 2 6.9 / trailer
3 (5) Gone Girl 8.4 / trailer
4 (…) Outcast 5.0 / trailer
5 (2) The Maze Runner 7.1 / trailer
6 (4) Guardians of the Galaxy 8.5 / trailer
7 (…) I Origins 7.3 / trailer
8 (8) This Is Where I Leave You 6.7 / trailer
9 (…) The Guest 6.9 / trailer
10 (…) The Boxtrolls 7.0 / trailer

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Pirate Bay Domain Back Online, Waving a Pirate Flag

December 21st, 2014

pirate bayOn December 9 The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm.

Despite the rise of various TPB clones and rumors of reincarnations, thepiratebay.se domain remained inaccessible, until today.

This morning the Pirate Bay’s nameservers were updated to ones controlled by their domain name registrar binero.se

A few minutes ago came another big change when The Pirate Bay’s main domain started pointing to a new IP-address (178.175.135.122) connected to a server hosted in Moldova.

pirate bay new ip

Thus far there’s not much to see. The domain only displays a waving pirate flag, but the recent changes will give many estranged Pirate Bay users hope that the site will be restored to its former glory

The DNS changes haven’t propagated everywhere yet, but soon most people should see the following landing page.

pirate bay flag

Whether a full comeback is in the works remains a mystery for now. Interestingly, the source of the page shows that the pirate flag is hosted by Isohunt.to’s “Open Bay” site where it serves as a background.

TorrentFreak asked both the Pirate Bay and Isohunt.to crews for a comment, thus far without a response. It could be that TPB and Isohunt.to are collaborating on something, hopefully we’ll hear more on that soon.

A few days ago Isohunt.to launched “The Open Bay” initiative, which allows anyone to run a “copy” of The Pirate Bay. The TPB crew previously said that it would like to see as many clones as possible, so perhaps the domain will link to that for the time being.

“We’ve always lived by Kopimi. We love being cloned. It would be amazing if, like in the classic movie Spartacus, everyone could stand up and say “I am The Pirate Bay,” TPB’s Mr 10100100000 told us earlier.

Time will tell whether Pirate Bay’s “comeback” will be a full one, an encouragement for people to start their own clones, or something completely different.

Update: Thepiratebay.se A records now appear to be empty.

Breaking story, updates may follow.

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Obama Sent Three Officials from his Administration to Michael Brown’s Funeral: How many will he send to New York City for the Funerals of Two NYPD Officers?

December 21st, 2014
It's important to read this ending paragraph from a long rant by a black male ready for revolution, prepared to carry the flag of Ferguson into battle. [In Ferguson, New York Review of Books, January 2015]:
Yet the Ferguson movement has promised that the situation cannot go back to normal, to the way things have been. Everybody knows what racism is. The problems needn’t be explained over and over. They can’t be deflected by saying that Michael Brown took some cigars from a store, that he broke the law and therefore it was proper to kill him with six bullets, although he had no weapon. This is the kind of thinking that racism hides behind. Ferguson feels like a turning point. For so many, Brown’s death was the last straw. Black youth are fed up with being branded criminals at birth. Ferguson was the country stepping back in time, or exposing the fact that change hasn’t happened where most needed, that most of us don’t live in the age of Obama. “It’s a myth that we’re a fair society,” [Reverend Osagyefo] Sekou said. “We have to take that needle out of our arms.”
President Obama's address on November 24, 2014 (delivered after grand jury returned verdict in Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case) includes this line Ismaaiyl Brinsley probably agreed with:  "And so, we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction."
 All of society lives in the age of Obama, where black people (and many white liberals) have gladly put a needle into their arms and pumped an endless supply of Bull Connor, Emmett Till, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Time to Kill and Jim Crow into their veins. 

Ferguson wasn't the country stepping back in time; it was the country being forced to confront a future where the honesty of The Bell Curve is censored, the genetic reality for 'income inequality' replaced with the dishonest narrative of never-ending white supremacy holding the black population down. 

Never, ever forget the President of the United States sent three officials from his administration to 67 percent black Ferguson to attend the funeral of Michael Brown (after Attorney General Eric Holder ventured to the city and said, 'I Am the Attorney General… but I'm Also a Black Man'). Three officials... [President Obama sending three White House officials to Michael Brown’s funeral: Leading the group for Monday's service will be the chairman of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson., New York Daily News, 8-24-14]

On December 20, 2014, two non-white police officers found out what 'living in the age of Obama' (the words of New York Review of Books author Daryl Pinckney) means, when a black man shot them dead. 

Perhaps the black murderer of the two white cops also saw Ferguson as "the last straw," deciding to take up Louis Farrakhan's call to black arms. [Farrakhan On Ferguson: ‘We’ll Tear This G**damn Country Up!’, Daily Caller, 11-29-14]:
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan went on a fiery tirade about Ferguson on Saturday — threatening that if the demands of protesters aren’t met, “we’ll tear this goddamn country apart!” 
Farrakhan stated in his speech — given at Morgan State University, a black college located in Baltimore, Md. — that violence was justified in response to the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson and peaceful protests are only in the interest of “white folks.” 
“We going to die anyway. Let’s die for something,” the radical figure told the crowd to roaring applause.
Was Ismaaiyl Brinsley in attendance at Farrakhan's speech when he pleaded with the black crowd, "Let's die for something?"

No matter: it's highly unlikely anyone from the Obama Administration will be in attendance when the two New York City Police Department officers are laid to rest, nor would it make sense in this "age of Obama."

His indifference to the shooting of death of two cops in New York City is "an understandable reaction" when you consider the President's track record of throwing police under the bus if it means deflecting the blame of black dysfunction to any other source but blacks themselves. 

Private Torrent Site Operators Face Criminal Trial

December 21st, 2014

In 2009, in the wake of the first Pirate Bay trial and the guilty verdict handed to its operators, other admins with file-sharing sites in Sweden began to reconsider their positions.

Piling on the pressure, Antipiratbyrån (now Rights Alliance) wrote to several sites warning them to end their copyright-infringing activities or face the consequences.

While most simply ignored the threats, some decided it was time to close down. One pair, SweDVDR and SoftMP3, did so alongside the release of their source code. This led to the creation of two new sites which eventually merged into one to become ‘eXcelleNT’, or XNT as it was known in public.

xnt

For two years the site grew in size and reputation but in 2011 things came crashing down. Just as promised 24 months earlier, Antipiratbyrån / Rights Alliance investigated the site and filed a complaint with the police. In May the authorities pounced, arresting a man in Borlänge, Sweden, and another in the Stockholm area a day later. The site’s server was seized in Germany.

“We believe that the men have been administering and managing the site together,” said prosecutor Frederick Ingblad at the time.

In April 2014, almost three years after the raids, prosecutor Ingblad announced that the men had been prosecuted and would be heading to court. This week they appeared before the Falu District Court to appear before a criminal copyright infringement trial.

“On this file-sharing site 1,050 different types of movies and TV shows were made available to the public illegally without rightholders’ approval,” Ingblad said this week.

The case, which received support from German authorities, centers around the unauthorized distribution of movies and TV shows between March and May 2011, including content owned by Warner Bros. and Disney.

The men, aged 23 and 24, stand accused of operating XNT in a case similar to the one involving The Pirate Bay in 2009. However, while the man from Borlänge admits to running the site, he feels no crime has been committed since he uploaded no content himself and only provided a sharing platform.

His lawyer, Sven-Erik Charles, goes even further. Charles believes that his client can not be convicted of infringement in Sweden since any crimes were committed overseas

“The issue in this lawsuit is where the crime were committed, abroad or in Sweden. This particular site’s server was located in Germany,” he said.

With most private BitTorrent trackers there’s an issue with site funding that’s usually overcome by users making donations. In this case XNT also received voluntary payments from its users – $6,500 to be precise. However, according to SR.se, the prosecutor has already determined that money was not the motivation behind the site and the men didn’t get rich as a result.

“It’s about the desire to compete with other sites, you want to be the quickest to upload some movies and become the greatest, pure and simple,” Ingblad said.

As noted following the Supreme Court decision earlier this week, 1000 movies and TV shows is way above the newly-established threshold for file-sharers to avoid custodial sentences. The men have other concerns too, however. As expected the entertainment companies represented by Rights Alliance have also lodged a multi-million claim for damages.

The men’s fate on both counts will be determined in the coming weeks.

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Collateral Damage of the #BlackLivesMatter Campaign…

December 21st, 2014
Only days ago, a mob (fueled on the hashtag of the moment, #BlackLivesMatter and #EricGarner) in New York City marched.

They marched to one battle cry: the need for dead cops. [Millions March NYC: 'What do we want? Dead Cops. When Do We Want It? Now.', Fox News, 12-14-14]
On August 9, Officer Darren Wilson unwittingly started a revolution... what most people have failed to realize is who this revolution actually benefits (hint: not the #BlackLivesMatter marchers)

Only six days later, a black man in New York City decided to bring this battle cry to fruition. [Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops as ‘revenge’ for Garner, New York Post, 12-20-14]:
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s ­assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

“It’s an execution,” one law-enforcement source said of the 3 p.m. shooting of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
The tragic heroes were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant when they were shot point-blank in the head by the lone gunman, identified by sources as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia and Brooklyn.
Neither cop Ismaaiyl Brinsley executed was white, but both cops wore the same uniform as Officer Darren Wilson.

Both cops Brinsley executed were culpable in Michael Brown's death on August 9th, merely because the mainstream/corporate media (looking at you Jon Stewart) and the Obama Administration has declared war on the concept of law and order, advocating instead for the ascension of "if its black, you must get back" concept of policing.

Both cop, in Brinsle's mind, were responsible for death of Eric Garner. 

Eventually, the energy from the #BlackLivesMatter, #EricGarner, and all those 'die-ins' at malls and public places throughout America was going to manifest into something ugly, and only six days after a march through the Big Apple heard the cry for "dead cops" echo throughout the dark landscape of the city, two New York City police are dead.

The championing of thugs as the highest form or morality has consequences, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement now has a face and a name: Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

Twitter Suspends Account of Torrent Release Group ETRG

December 20th, 2014

pirate-twitterThe ExtraTorrent Release Group, or ETRG for short, is one of the best known sources for pirated movies.

The group releases dozens of popular films on various torrent sites each week and has a steady following of movie fans looking for fresh content.

Some of these followers track new releases through ETRG’s Twitter account. While the group doesn’t link to any copyrighted material, it does list the titles of new releases there.

One would think that ETRG isn’t violating Twitter’s policies by merely pasting a title. However, a few days ago two tweets mentioning “The Signal” got them in trouble.

The tweets were targeted with a DMCA takedown request which led to the immediate suspension of the group’s account.

“Twitter suspended ETRG’s account with no logical or valid reason. In fact they didn’t even give the reason. All I got was a DMCA notification and next day the account was suspended,” ETRG tells TF.

ETRG-tweet
In its copyright and DMCA policy Twitter explains that it takes action against “tweets containing links to allegedly infringing materials,” but ETRG didn’t post any links, just text.

And there are more strange things happening. The takedown notice was sent on behalf of “Wild Side” and also targeted tweets from @PRoDJi and @TorrentBird. These tweets were removed as well, but interestingly enough the associated accounts haven’t been suspended.

ETRG is disappointed with Twitter’s actions and says the company is caving in to unreasonable demands from copyright holders.

“It shows how these sites are influenced by the powerful movie industry to do anything they want,” the group says.

A few years ago the group stopped posting links after it has its account suspended and at the time Twitter re-enabled it within a day. But even without links it couldn’t escape another suspension.

Hoping to get its account reinstated ETRG filed a counter-notice, but several days have passed since and they have yet to hear back from Twitter. Meanwhile, the account remains suspended.

suspended

Pirate Twitter credit

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BitTorrent Inc. Happy to Take on Kim Jong Un

December 20th, 2014

theinterviewFor Sony Pictures and the creative talent behind The Interview, the past several weeks have been extraordinary. With Sony falling to a crippling hack attack reportedly at the hands of North Korea, never before has a movie resulted in so much corporate destruction.

As the dust settles, at least temporarily, Sony finds itself between a rock and a hard place. After pulling the movie this week following threats of terror attacks on theaters, Sony was criticized by President Obama yesterday who described the decision as “a mistake“.

Sony responded with a statement from CEO Michael Lynton: “We have not caved. We have not given in. We have persevered, and we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie.”

But with theaters dropping like flies and “not been one major VOD or one major ecommerce site” stepping forward to show the film, the studio’s options are limited. Last night, however, a hero stepped forward to take on the tyranny of state-sponsored terrorism.

“Like everyone else around the world, we’ve been following this egregious hacking of Sony’s servers over the past few weeks,” BitTorrent Inc. said in a statement to VB.

“A trend has emerged among commentary in the days since Sony announced they would not release the motion picture, ‘The Interview.’ There have been calls for Sony to release the film online. And many have contacted us asking: Would they be able to release the movie using BitTorrent?

“Though we normally would not offer commentary during such a trying time for another company, the answer is yes,” the company said.

bittorrent-bundleBitTorrent Inc. believes that Sony’s best option to “take back control of their film” and not cave in to “terrorist threats” is to utilize the company’s BitTorrent Bundles.

Not only would Bundles allow everyone to view The Interview at home safe in the knowledge they aren’t going to get blown up, but this would strike “a strong note for free speech” while allowing Sony to set whatever price they like for the film, BitTorrent Inc. says.

While there is certainly a promotional aspect to BitTorrent Inc.’s offer, releasing the movie using the BitTorrent protocol would solve Sony’s initial distribution problems. The company could probably flick the switch and have this movie out by Monday, if they’re really wanted to.

Of course, any release via BitTorrent Bundles would mean that The Interview would also become available on public and private torrent sites within hours. At this point anyone could download the movie for free. There had been suggestions earlier this week that Sony should go straight to torrent sites with the movie anyway, but BitTorrent Inc. thinks this is a bad idea.

“We disagree, however, with some that have suggested that Sony should make the film available through piracy sites. That would only serve to encourage bad actors. It’s also important to make the distinction that these piracy sites are not ‘torrent sites.’ They are piracy sites that are wrongfully exploiting torrent technology,” the company said.

It seems unlikely that BitTorrent Inc. will seal the deal with Sony, but if they were successful this would not only be a major coup for the company but one steeped in irony.

As BitTorrent Inc. promises to strike a blow for freedom using BitTorrent, for the past several weeks the Sony hackers have also been using the BitTorrent protocol to distribute the very files they obtained from Sony.

Just goes to show, BitTorrent technology really can be used for anything.

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A Story so Impossibly Absurd it Could Only Happen Courtesy of Black People…

December 20th, 2014
A Tuesday.

Ostensibly, in America.

New Orleans to be exact.

Five black men.

Mid-afternoon.

THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!!!

More than 50 rounds fired...
Some of the participants in the Tuesday afternoon firefight in New Orleans, where more than 50 rounds were fired (and only one person injured)...

Police couldn't establish a motive for this encounter, where only one person was injured...

All on your typical Tuesday afternoon in a city where the black population works overtime to keep the police constantly busy. [Nearly 50 rounds fired during Mid-City shootout Tuesday; 5 men arrested following police chase, New Orleans Times-Picayune,12-17-14]:
Nearly 50 rounds were fired during a Mid-City shootout Tuesday afternoon and five men arrested in connection to the shooting now face high bonds and a slew of felony charges. 
Quincy Jynes, 27; Clarence Singleton, 29; Riginald McCoy, 18; Darius Green, 27; and August LeBlanc, 27 are facing charges including aggravated battery, simple escape and aggravated assault, among others, records show. 
The mid-day melee prompted an hours-long manhunt where police officers cordoned off wide swaths of blocks surrounding Canal Street, causing lengthy delays for drivers in the area. Police said seven cars were struck by gunfire during the shootout. 
Officers working at an NOPD substation in the 3000 block of Tulane Avenue caught wind of the shooting within minutes after hearing gunfire and seeing several men flee the area.
According to an arrest warrant filed in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, about 3 p.m. NOPD Sgt. Dan Anderson saw several men running away from the scene of a shooting in the 3200 block of Tulane Avenue.
A man seated inside a white, bullet-riddled four-door sedan was injured in the shooting and rushed to an area hospital for treatment.
Police units in the area initiated a chase after which the suspects bailed out of their car and attempted to flee on foot.
 Three of the five men believed to be involved in the shooting were arrested shortly after the gunfire, within blocks of the incident.
The NOPD said an Orleans Parish Sheriff's deputy who was on the scene saw Green try to flee across Tulane Avenue while tossing a gun he was carrying. Another man, identified as Singleton, was seen running about one block away, near the intersection of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Tulane Avenue. Police said Singleton was seen on surveillance camera tossing a weapon to the ground while attempting to flee. Both Green and Singleton were arrested on the scene.

Meanwhile, police had shut down Canal Street in both directions at Telemachus Street and a search perimeter was established between Canal and Iberville streets and between Telemachus and South Cortez streets. Leblanc, who police said was one of two men seen fleeing a gold SUV while carrying a gun, was discovered trying to exit the perimeter after discarding a sweatshirt. He was arrested on the scene.
Officers searching for the remaining two men were then tipped off that a man who matched the description of one of the suspects was at a home in the 3700 block of Iberville Street.
There, police said, workers outside the house told officers that a man dressed all in black had just walked inside and tossed clothes over the fence. McCoy was found inside the home and arrested, police said, adding that two guns, a black face mask, and a discarded hooded sweatshirt were found near the back of the home.
Lastly, Jynes, who police say was the driver of the gold SUV, was apprehended inside the perimeter. En route to the police station, Jynes escaped out of the back of the police car but was caught a short while later, a couple of blocks from the 1st District police station, the report said.
Records show the men were charged as follows:
Quincy Jynes: One count each of resisting an officer, simple escape, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, illegal use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and aggravated flight from an officer. Bond was set at $450,000.
Clarence  Singleton: One count of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond was set at $450,000.
Riginald McCoy: One count of aggravated battery, one count of resisting an officer, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of illegally carrying weapons. Bond was set at $425,000.
Darius Green: Four counts of aggravated assault, one count of illegally using a weapon and one count of illegally carrying a weapon. Bond was set at $450,000.
August Leblanc: Two counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery, one count of resisting an officer and one count of illegally carrying weapons. Bond was set at $458,000.
The victim of the shooting, Melvin Hayes, reportedly exchanged gunfire with members of the group, but police records do not indicate who fired the responding shots. Hayes was cited for a probation violation but not booked on additional charges as of this date.
Police have not cited any motive for the shootout. 
 More than 50 rounds fired, with only one person injured.

We call this a Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans...

What should be a remarkable story made unremarkable because of the frequency at which black people engaging in nonfatal shootouts now occurs.

Hollywood Tries to Crush Popcorn Time, Again

December 19th, 2014

popcornThis year Popcorn Time became an instant hit by offering BitTorrent-powered streaming inside an easy-to-use Netflix-style interface.

The breakthrough app had Hollywood concerned but luckily for them the developers shut it down after a few weeks, saying that they wanted to move on with their lives.

It was never revealed whether Hollywood forces had threatened the developers, but an MPAA update that surfaced as part of the Sony leaks now reveals that this was indeed the case.

In the MPAA’s “first quarter update,” sent to the movie studio heads in March, the group stated that it had “scored a major victory in shutting down the key developers of Popcorn Time.”

The MPAA added that the investigative and enforcement actions required collaboration on three continents, which they hoped would prevent Popcorn Time from becoming a “major piracy threat.”

Unfortunately for Hollywood the threat didn’t go away. The Open Source project was quickly picked up by others and in recent months several popular forks gained steady user-bases.

Popcorn-Time.se, one of the most-used forks, has since turned into a bigger threat than the original application. As a result, Hollywood is trying its best to dismantle it.

Previously the fork had its domain name suspended and over the past few weeks found itself being kicked out by various hosting providers. Complaints from the Hollywood backed anti-piracy group BREIN were to blame.

The hosting troubles resulted in long periods of downtime, which isn’t good for morale among the developers.

“We had a tough two weeks with a few shut downs that came unexpectedly. We moved our service through three different hosting companies in these weeks,” the Popcorn-Time.se team tells TF.

“All caved after a few hours to a day or two, after ‘some’ copyright organization contacted them, saying suddenly that they don’t want to host our ‘illegal’ domain. We were shocked actually to see how quickly these organizations work.”

While Popcorn-Time.se might have been down, they’re not out yet. The team is determined to keep its software available and will be releasing new updates to the app today.

“BREIN is on our backs? Well, we found a new hosting company which we hope will be more cooperative, and we’re releasing updates for both Windows and Mac today to show everyone that business is as usual.”

“No one said it was gonna be easy, but what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, and we’re not into dying… ;-),” the Popcorn-Time.se team concludes.

Whether other Popcorn Time forks have had similar problems recently is unknown, but the above makes it clear that Hollywood is still determined to crush these popular apps.

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