Kickass Torrents Gets Seized – Owner Gets Arrested in Poland
Kickass Torrents (KAT), one of the most popular Piracy websites across the world has completely shut down after the alleged arrest of the owner of the torrent hosting site in Poland. Several charges such as criminal copyright infringement and money laundering were filed against the owner of Kickass Torrents from the United States. Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian national, the owner of the Kickass Torrents website was apprehended in Poland today i.e., on 22nd July. After the arrest of the owner of the Piracy website, KAT, the site looks to be offline and all the domains of the site have been seized.
Kickass Torrents (KAT) has become the largest Torrent site on the internet due to millions of unique visitors to the site on a daily basis. This Kickass Torrents website has surpassed many of its competitor pirated sites like The Pirate Bay.The main website of Kickass Torrents https://kat.crappears to be down across the world and many of the domain sites of the website such as kickasstorrents.com, kastatic.com, thekat.tv, kat.cr, kickass.cr, kickass.to, kat.ph, have been officially seized by the US authorities.
Charges Filed Against the Owner of KickassTorrents
As per the pdf document of criminal complaint that was filed in the US District Court in Chicago, Vaulin faces, here are the charges that were filed against the owner of the Kickass Torrents site:
- 2 counts of criminal copyright infringement
- 1 count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement
- 1 count of conspiracy to commit money laundering
Earlier, the Kickass Torrents website has been totally blocked in several countries such as the UK, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, and Malaysia. Besides seizing all the domain name sites of Kickass Torrent, the Chicago court as passed an official order to seize all the bank accounts associated with the illegal pirate website alongside the servers that were located in various countries such as Chicago, USA, and Canada. The official federal countries of the United States state that Kickass Torrents has instigated harms of over $1 Billion to all the copyright holders.