The most-visited BitTorrent distribution site in the world, KickassTorrents, are right now having all its domains seized by the US Justice Department after alleged founder and operator, Artem Vaulin was arrested in Poland on behalf of the United States. The US had requested extradition for crimes related to running KickassTorrents.
Vaulin, 30-year-old-man from Kharkiv, Ukraine, faces two counts of criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. More than $1 billion worth of copyrighted material is said to have been unlawfully distributed by Vaulin. KickassTorrents was also said to have taken in $16 million worth in advertising revenue as of this year according to the federal affidavit.
Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department, Leslie R. Caldwell said that Vaulin had supposedly been using severs located on different countries around the world and due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits, moved his domains around.
She further added,
“His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.”
KickassTorrents have been asked time and time by many intellectual property holders to take down links to their copyrighted material, but rejected all the notices. Kickass and other various sites like it have all said they are protected under safe harbor provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act introduced back in 1998.
Regardless how you feel personally, this is a big deal and will likely have big ramifications because of it.
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