The two Dutch developers now risk a €2,000 per day fine if they violate their settlement agreement.
“Since the recent action by the MPAA against popcorntime.io, which took the website offline, various parties are breathing new life into the software, as were these two Dutch individuals,” Brein said. The Dutch guys used GitHub to submit code and Reddit to share news about their accomplishments.
Preventing a possible court case, the developers signed a settlement with the anti-piracy group in which they agreed to stop their Popcorn Time development. However, these developers don’t seem to be part of the core development team of the .io fork.
The pronlem for the rights holders and studios is the fact that Pocorn Time is an open source project and anyone can contribute. The two Dutch guys are probably just small fry and not crucial to the streaming app’s development.
Meanwhile, in a related development, a Federal Court judge in New York has granted a permanent injunction and final judgment in the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) member companies’ lawsuit against the operators of the MovieTube ring of websites. The MPAA’s member studios Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, Columbia, Fox and Disney sued the websites in July over movies including Avengers: Age of Ultron.