Dutch film distributor Dutch Filmworks has registered the logo and the brand name of illegal movie streaming service Popcorn Time in the Benelux. A remarkable action by Dutch Filmworks.
The request was made in June this year and was awarded in September. “To our surprise we found that it had not yet been registered”, says Peter de Haan of Dutch Filmworks. “Then we thought, you know what, let’s just do it.”
Popcorn Time was surprised by the action, but does not seem worried: “We are curious about what they think they are doing”, one of the developers states. “It is remarkable that they have registered a trademark when they clearly do not own it.”
Dutch Filmworks is not yet sure what to do with the trademark registration: “Who knows, it may come in handy in future lawsuits.”
The Dutch company says it’s their way to ‘bully back’ the illegal movie streaming service: “The download ban cannot be enforced. They put everything that people have put their hearts and souls in just out there. They can do anything, and we can do nothing.”