Torrents Time, a browser add-on designed to allow you to download video content from torrent sites by streaming it directly into your browser, was released a few days ago. But immediately the site received a notification from BREIN, a Netherlands-based group, to stop providing access to the plugin. Earlier this week, the anti-piracy group slammed Torrents Time with a cease-and-desist letter.
The letter reads that the plugin which allows video content to be streamed into users’ web browsers is an ‘illegal application.’ Therefore, its distribution and use should be stopped ‘immediately.’
Torrents Time tool allows Internet users to download torrents and watch videos while they are being downloaded. The app doesn’t require a third-party app to operate such as a BitTorrent client. Developers explained that the magic happens in the browser.
The Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents and other torrent sites are now compatible with the new tool.
But BREIN has complained that the clever plugin ‘facilitates’ the distribution of illegal content including TV series and movies whose rights holders are clients of the anti-piracy group.
The group said that they submitted the cease-and-desist letter because the site that distributes the tool is hosted by Dutch servers. So, the European country’s legislation applies to the site. In the letter, BREIN argues that the site ‘primarily’ facilitates access to illegal content. ‘Primarily’ here underscores the fact that BitTorrent clients can be also used to distribute legal content throughout the Internet.
The group also argued that the plugin distribution needs to be ceased because it would otherwise lead to ‘extensive damage’ to the rights of its clients. Furthermore, the group asks the site’s administration to provide it with data on their exact ‘geographical location’ so that it can sue in court of law if they fail to comply with the cease-and-desist request.
But, Torrents Time was not intimidated by the letter. Administrators replayed that they do not buy the ‘assumptions’ presented in BREIN’s letter including that the group represents the right holders of so-called illegal content, and that it is in its power to sue the site on behalf of those “un-named, un-identified entities.”
The site also dismissed other allegations as “frivolous and without substantiation.” Torrents Time criticized the anti-piracy group for assuming that its clients facilitate access to an illegal app. In other words, Torrents Time users can use the plugin to watch legal content, as well, so that disqualifies the app as being illegal by design. Plus, on the tool’s download site there is a disclaimer page that asks users not to use the tool to download illegal content.
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