Using Popcorn Time in Germany? Legal or not?

On March 3, 2015, "The Atlantic" published an article on the website Popcorn Time, noting Popcorn Time isn't necessarily doing anything illegal.


In Germany, this does not apply to the users of Popcorn time! 


Using Popcorn Time or any other torrent network for copyrighted material is illegal as it is not just a stream, but illegal file sharing and can be quite costly, as the user might receive a letter to cease and desist and pay legal and license fees of up to 1000 EUR.


So it's a good idea, not to use Popcorn Time or similar torrent stream websites in Germany.



Questions? Since 2008, I have counseled and represented clients from all over Germany, that have been fined for filesharing. For an FAQ on Abmahnungen due to alleged file sharing, please see my article here:


 Fines for illegal file sharing in Germany - FAQ and outline


In file sharing cases, I do not charge a fee for an initial consultation over the phone. Call me at

0631 / 84 27 759  Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm for a free consultation, if you like. Or write me an e-mail to kanzlei(at) and ask for a return call at a time that suits you.


Dirk Polishuk

Europaallee 10

67657 Kaiserslautern


Tel: 0631 / 84 27 759

Fax: 0631 / 27 75 73 009

E-Mail: kanzlei(at)



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  • #1

    Mitov (Mittwoch, 09 August 2017 17:35)

    Thank you very much for this statement! I appreciate the fact that you took the time to spare me and thousands of others the legal headaches, especially given that free advice like this that actually hurts your business. I applaud your integrity and humanity!