Two Norwegian digital rights groups, Electronic Frontier Norway (EFN) and Norwegian Unix User Group (NUUG), filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government last month over their seizure action against a new Popcorn-Time domain that was hosted in Norway.
According to the two groups, the Norwegian authorities have clearly gone too far with their action, Torrent Freak reported.
The new domain website for Popcorn Time doesn't contain a download button for the application itself. The site only offers news articles that are Popcorn-Time related, and links to other websites that have the actual application, the publication said.
The Norwegian authorities' domain seizure has clearly ignited a debate over what is legal and what is not on the internet.
"We feel that this is an important case that addresses the limits of free speech," Tom Fredrick Blenning, EFN's managing director, told Torrent Freak last month. "If this procedure is found to be legal, domain name seizures will make it possible for the police to shut down a forum based on mere suspicion that a site discusses potential illegal actions."
"Our position is that this decision may very well be wrong, but even if it is a correct decision, it is one that should be made by a judge in a court of law," Blenning added.
The two groups are now expecting some answers through the legal action against the authorities. One of the answers they want to know is whether the website violates any law even if it doesn't contain the actual Popcorn Time application.
This move by the Norwegian authorities has gathered some attention from legal experts in the country, including a professor from the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, Olav Torvund.
No official word has come out yet regarding the case for the Popcorn-Time domain.