It looks like there is another twist to the YIFY/YTS shut down story. Turns out that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is claiming credit for taking the group down; as well as saying that it managed to close Popcorn Time as well.
Popcorn Time stopped working two weeks ago, supposedly due to internal problems that were never revealed. It turns out that some of those problems were due to major movie studios suing three Popcorn Time developers in Canada. Legal action was also taken against the YIFY/YTS operator, who turns out to be a resident of New Zealand.
There is little information about the status of the lawsuits in their respective countries. However, Torrentfreak is reporting that its sources are saying that the defendants are working on coming to an agreement with the movie studios. It is assumed that this is to provide additional information about the piracy community in exchange for reduced harm to themselves.
While the MPAA is already declaring this a massive victory against piracy, it is unlikely to have a lasting effect on file sharing in the long run. However, the many people who use Popcorn Time will have to begin looking to an alternative source for movies and tv series, considering that it will not be updating any time soon.