From Torrent Freak:

In less than two years Popcorn Time has become a piracy icon, offering free access to Hollywood’s latest blockbusters but without obtaining permission.

This popularity has triggered a wave of legal threats including a lawsuit against three developers filed in Canada last month.

Despite being a major target for copyright holders the rise of new Popcorn Time alternatives appears to be never-ending. For example, a few days ago another Popcorn Time-inspired website launched at Popa.cr.

While it’s visually similar to the application, the browser version operates more like a traditional streaming site with a Popcorn Time theme. Nevertheless, it was enough to attract the attention of the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Just hours after the site was first advertised on Reddit its operator received an MPA letter, sent on behalf of several major Hollywood movie studios.

In the email the MPA’s Jan van Voorn puts the site operator on notice, alerting him to European jurisprudence under which he may be held liable for linking to pirated movies and TV-shows.

“Without prejudice to our contention that you are already well aware of the extensive infringements of copyright, this Notice fixes you with actual knowledge of facts and circumstances from which illegal activities […] are apparent,” Van Voorn writes.

The MPA’s email

Among other things the email mentions that Article 14 of the E-Commerce Directive requires sites to stop offering infringing material. In addition, the Hollywood group cites other recent cases supporting their claim.

Without making a specific threat the MPA…

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