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Movie streaming app Popcorn Time shut down

It’s 2 a.m. and you’re sick of studying for that final. Your brain needs time to recharge, and you really want to see that movie all your friends have been talking about. Problem? It’s too recent to be available on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. Enter the app Popcorn Time! Based on BitTorrent technology Popcorn Time accesses movies that have been uploaded to torrent sites—like Pirate Bay—around the Internet and makes them readily available for streaming. Sounds like a solution to those late night study break problems! Problem?

The front page of Popcorn Time before being shut down. (Credit: TechCrunch)

The front page of Popcorn Time before being shut down. (Credit: TechCrunch)

Since much of the material being shared through Popcorn Time was under copyright, groups like the MPAA and other agencies concerned with online piracy, felt the app was promoting illegal file sharing. Read more