This very interesting TechCrunch article about Popcorn Time is a great example of how much innovation in the online world, particularly the area of digital distribution, comes from the pirates rather than the rightsholders themselves. Perhaps they have something to learn here.
So the big fun story of last week was this streaming movie app called Popcorn Time. Essentially, it aggregated torrent links and packaged them with artwork and a nice interface that allows one-click streaming of movies.
Popcorn Time is incredibly illegal almost anywhere, but it’s also almost impossible to stop people from using it without ISP intervention. Even though the original version of the app has been killed off, the project has already been forked and replicated by a new group. Now that the concept is out there I doubt it will ever go away completely — whatever iteration may come.
The absolutely lovely irony here is that Popcorn Time is doing for distribution of pirated movies exactly what the movie industry needs to do for itself.
Torrents are confusing and a mess. My mom could not download a torrent app, find a torrent that was not a virus…
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