Popcorn Time, a torrent app that easily allows for theft of copyrighted movies and television shows, recently released a new website called Browser Popcorn, BGR reports, but it didn’t last long.
The complexity of the torrenting process tends to deter people, but Popcorn Time, which has been dubbed by some as the “Netflix for Pirates,” simplified all the steps into one downloadable app to stream pirated movies. Browser Popcorn was even further simplified since users didn’t have to download it onto their desktop, which was particularly attractive since the app is illegal. It had a similar interface as Popcorn Time, but existed solely online.
Fans of the original app were excited about the new entertainment source, and inevitably wrote about it on the Internet, leading to its quick demise. The website in its original form only lasted through the weekend.
The site’s operator, 15-year-old web developer Milan Kragujević, told The Verge that the Motion Picture Association of America sent him a cease and desist letter and ordered his hosting provider and domain registrar to take down infringing content. According to the Verge, Kragujević has said he would try to keep the website alive.