Popcorn Time has had a rather roller-coaster week considering how the app received positive reviews and great fan following within days of being in the mainstream media and how it was pulled down by Mega.co.nz and then was shuttered by the original team.
“Popcorn Time is shutting down today. Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus or allies. But because we need to move on with our lives”, reads the announcement on Popcorn Time website.
“Our experiment has put us at the doors of endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love. And that’s not a battle we want a place in.”
Soon after the project was shuttered, YTS – formerly known as YIFY – took over the project with immediate effect. In a statement to TorrentFreak, YTS developer Jduncanator confirmed that Popcorn Time won’t breathe its last following the withdrawal of the original team. The YTS team will take up the project with immediate effect.
“The YTS team will now be picking up the Popcorn Time project and continuing on like previously”, said Jduncanator in a statement.
“It’s our vision at YTS that we see through projects like these and that just because they create a little stir in the public, it doesn’t mean they are shut down.”
“That stir is exactly what the public needs and it’s already evident that people are becoming more aware of copyright-related issues.”