Popcorn Time is an online streaming platform that allows users to watch movies online for free. Yes FREE!! In this era where everything comes with a price tag. Right? But when you are able to stream your favorite shows, and that too free… it’s kinda madness!! Actually, Popcorn Time is a service that uses the BitTorrent protocol to allow users to stream content over the internet. So, today in this blog, we are going to tell you all about this service. We will also address this question: Is Popcorn Time legal?
What is Popcorn Time?
Popcorn Time is the best alternative to “Subscription-based streaming service,” such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. On this platform, you can surf thousands of movies that are listed by torrent websites. But here the question arises “Whether it is legal or not? In the upcoming paras, we are going to tell you how it works, the best way to use it, and is Popcorn Time safe or not?
How Does Popcorn Time Work?
VOD (Video On Demand) services have changed the way that we watch TV shows and movies online because now, we have access to a pile of movies and shows on our fingertips. Services like Netflix are quite popular, however, they do hurt your pockets while others do not.
And hell yes!! We are talking about Popcorn Time, it is a completely free service.
But there is a slight difference between the two services, in the torrent, users have to wait until the file is completely downloaded, and then they are able to watch. Whereas in Popcorn Time, you can actually watch the content simultaneously. It allows the streaming immediately.
The thing is you have to do the same thing what you are doing with the BitTorrent protocol, the only difference is that here you don’t have to wait for the file to download.
What is a VPN?
Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a platform that allows creating a secure connection to another network on the internet.
How to Use a VPN with Popcorn Time
Simply follow these steps to run a Popcorn Time with a VPN:
- Select a VPN subscription plan and then download the VPN app or software on your device.
- From the available server lists, select a VPN server and make a connection.
- That’s it…Now you can watch content on the Popcorn time safely.
Why You Need a VPN?
Did you know? 11 Popcorn Time users were sued by the moviemakers of the film ”The Cobbler.” A report was filed against these users for simply downloading the movie, and around $150,000 was fined to them.
So, if you do not wish to get in trouble merely for watching any content over the internet, you have to use a secure VPN connection.
Is Popcorn Time Legal or Not?
We know that P2P and BitTorrent are legal, and like most of the public, you’ll also think that Popcorn Time is legal too. But that is not the case here, actually, Popcorn Time is legal in itself, but it depends on the user and the content. When you use copyrighted content and do not share with others, you’re not breaking any laws.
But when the user starts to share the content, other than streaming only for himself, that is when the real problem begins.
In Which Countries is it Legal?
You know, there are laws in every country, but they kinda differ in each region depending on the government. Popcorn Time is perfectly legal to use (but partially, it depends on the content and where you are using). Some countries allow it, while some do not allow it.
Did you know in countries like the USA and UK, you can receive a notice from the ISP (Internet Service Providers) if you are illegal using any content.
And if you’re living in Australia or Canada, you need to be extra careful because, in these countries, the ISP records everything and keeps an eye on the user. Here, Popcorn is completely illegal because it gives access to the user to the copyrighted content. On this list, Germany has recently made strict rules and laws regarding copyright violations. Legal notices and quick action are taken on the user if someone violates these rules.
So, Popcorn time is completely legal, but you have to make sure that you’re not violating any copyright laws. In 2014, Norwegian authorities shut down the Popcorn times service, but it is still on the internet. So, the best way to use this service is to use it with a secure VPN. So, keep enjoying your favorite shows and movies. For more updates like so, keep coming to Technographx.