Popcorn Time

U.S. Residents Being Sued For Using Popcorn Time For Android

August 21, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

This day and age, there are more than a few ways to get access to the latest movies, the timeless classics, and your all time favorites whether anybody else likes them or not. While theaters are still very much a thing and movie studios are pumping out more cash than ever to produce some of the biggest films ever seen, theaters are hardly the only means of watching movies soon after release now. Piracy is still a fairly big situation if not more now than before, and it’s become even easier with apps like Popcorn Time that allow users to stream movies right to their Android devices. Not just older movies already on DVD either, but current movies that are sometimes still in theaters.

What might make the Popcorn Time app more compelling to some is the fact that the Android app even now offers Chromecast support with the latest version, which means you can stream a movie to the big screen at home or anywhere else the Chromecast is plugged in, and get a similar experience to watching the film at the theaters. This hasn’t sat well with movie studios, who have reportedly been slapping users of the Popcorn Time android app in the U.S. with lawsuits for streaming certain films.

Alongside these U.S. based lawsuits, two men in Denmark who ran a website that told people how to use Popcorn Time were recently arrested which displays that studios are obviously cracking down on the use of the app and service. In regards to the Android users, it seems to be related to one film (for now) called The Cobbler, a comedy movie which was released last year. All the people who have reportedly streamed the movie are Oregon residents in various cities, with the claim from the studio behind the film having been filed in the Oregon District Court back on August 16th. As it stands, it seems that the plaintiff who is referred to as “Cobbler, Nevada, LC” currently has no knowledge of the identities of the 11 people who have streamed the film, but they have apparently gotten a hold of the IP addresses used to stream it and are requesting that Comcast turn over the details of those individuals so they can take things to court. It’s unclear at this point what if anything will be happening to the users who streamed this movie, but it serves as a cautionary tale to those who may have been thinking about using the app to maybe think twice.