Developer Registers “Popcorn Time” Trademark to Prevent Abuse

The Popcorn Time app brought BitTorrent streaming to the mainstream earlier this year. The idea was to have a free and open source project that anyone can build upon. […] The original app was shut down by the developers after a few weeks, but the project was quickly picked up by others. This resulted in several popular forks that have each developed their own features, with most releasing their source code in public. […] Recently, however, [Canadian developer David Lemarie] made a move to formalize his claim on the Popcorn Time brand. An application for the trademark was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and this week the case was assigned to an examiner. […] Time 4 Popcorn, one of the popular forks, is not happy with the trademark application. They describes it as “rude” and stress that the Popcorn Time name doesn’t belong to anyone. – Ernesto,TorrentFreak
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