Popcorn Time, YTS Shut Down After MPAA Wins Court Injunctions

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The popular Popcorn Time “fork” and YTS, a torrent site that provided movie content, have been shut down following court orders in Canada and New Zealand.

The MPAA filed suit on Oct. 9 in Canada against three operators of the popcorntime.io fork, claiming that the defendants enabled, authorized and induced copyright infringement via an app that allowed viewers to watch pirated movies and TV shows. The studios obtained an injunction on Oct. 16 ordering the shutdown of the site.

The studios also filed a suit on Oct. 12 in a New Zealand court against the operator of YTS, contending that the torrent site was the home of YIFY, with a library of about 4,500 infringing movie titles. The MPAA obtained an interim injuction to shut down the site.

“This coordinated legal action is part of a larger comprehensive approach being taken by the MPAA and its international affiliates to combat content theft,” said MPAA chairman Chris Dodd.

“Popcorn Time and YTS are illegal platforms that exist for one clear reason: to distribute stolen copies of the latest motion picture and television shows without compensating the people who worked so hard to make them,” he said.

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  1. Peter says:

    There always be the way how to pay less or nothing at all. They should rather get used to it. Its ridiculous to think that many people will pay ridiculous prices of those movies in countries where many people make 400 bucks a MONTH. Somewhere even less. Wake up.

  2. Silas says:

    RIP yify. So many fond memories.

  3. Sam Culper says:

    Because of this, I am boycotting movies. I would rather never buy a theater ticket, never buy a bluray and cancel my netflix then watch the two hundred blurays I already own than give any member of the MPAA a single penny. You can try to strongarm sites through court injuctions and lawsuits but our generation values net neutrality more than any movie can you make.

    • Binyamin Koretz says:

      I don’t understand your comment… You think that you have a right, are somehow entitled, to steal from others?

    • Alex says:

      Um, okay. Have fun with your boycott. Using net neutrality as an excuse to steal content will only work for so long.

      • Net neutrality has nothing to do with theft of intellectual property. I’m all for reform on copyright for stuff that should have been in the public domain long ago etc. But if you’re grabbing Jurassic World for free, please. Don’t cloak that lazy stealing with the very important principle of net neutrality.

      • “will only work for so long” next year will be another popcorntime, and then another… and another. so in that bit you are right this kind of line of thinking will only work for so long.

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