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Well-established film and TV streaming service Popcorn Time will be blocked here in the UK, it has been confirmed.

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) filed a request with the High Court to block the service, and the request was honoured.

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The ruling means that Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk and EE will have to block websites offering the streaming software to download.

Previously, judges have handed out similar blocks to Bittorrent websites like ThePirateBay.

Enforcing such blocks is notoriously difficult, because the minute you block a site five others spring up in its place.

"It is manifest that the Popcorn Time application is used in order to watch pirated content on the internet and indeed it is also manifest that that is its purpose," said Judge Briss.

"No one really uses Popcorn Time in order to watch lawfully available content."

Just to make things even more tricky, Popcorn Time operates using P2P protocols, so anyone already using the software will be able to carry on doing so uninterrupted.

The developers behind Popcorn Time released a statement saying they were "pretty disappointed" from the UK judicial system and lambasting it for impinging on "basic rights, like the freedom of speech and net neutrality".

Source:

High Court of Justice, Engadget, The Next Web

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