“Popcorn Time as a project is legal. We checked. Four Times”
The authors goes on to provide some background for their decision,
“Our experiment has put us at the doors of endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love. And that’s not a battle we want a place in”
In this case, the software under consideration is legal in the country it’s developed according to the authors. Plenty of P2P software is available like, uTorrent, Bittorrent, Transmission, which has been around for many years. My guess is that Popcorn Time was too large of a threat to industry and unlike other P2P software it has no legitimate uses. The software made piracy so easy a caveman can do it. For the price of streaming services like NetFlix, Vudu, Spotify, Pandora, etc. I’m surprised piracy is the concern it once was.