Popcorn Time, the app that was once popular for making movie pirating as easy as watching Netflix, has been shut down. Its original developers shut down the service and abandoned the project just days after its launch in 2014. But because the project was open source, other developers were able to pick up where they left off, and he was killed. and revived a few more times. since. It remains to be seen if Popcorn Time is now gone for good, but it seems the biggest contributor to its most recent demise is waning interest in the app.
On its website, the developers posted a graph of “popcorn hour” searches over the past seven years. While the app was the subject of a ton of searches in the months following its launch in 2015, the graph shows a sharp drop in interest in 2016. Its popularity continued to decline, and it didn’t. never really recovered afterwards, at least based on Google Trends.
According to Bloomberg, the group behind Popcorn Time announced its closure in an email. While they haven’t said if law enforcement action was a factor behind their decision to shut down the app this time around, Popcorn Time has run into trouble with the law in the past. The original version may have been shut down after authorities intervened, and Hollywood studios have even prosecuted individual users who allegedly downloaded and shared copies of films illegally.
The developers associated with Popcorn Time have previously explained that they are not themselves responsible for the hack, as the service does not host any content. Instead, it relied on a peer-to-peer sharing system and only provided users with a way to access content hosted on other people’s computers.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.