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"...don’t expect KickassTorrents to come back online."

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Popular torrent site KickassTorrents is offline, (alleged) founder arrested

July 20, 2016

If you’re a KickassTorrent user, you’ll have to find another means to torrent media. Its alleged leader has been arrested and the site is now offline.

Reaching all the way to Poland, the US has arrested 30 year old Artem Vaulin and charged him with two separate counts of criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Vaulin is believed to be the founder of the torrent site, which went live in 2008. He was arrested and charged by the United States because a server for KickassTorrents was based in Chicago.

In a Department of Justice press release, US Attorney Zachary Fardon had the following to say:

"Copyright infringement exacts a large toll, a very human one, on the artists and businesses whose livelihood hinges on their creative inventions. Vaulin allegedly used the Internet to cause enormous harm to those artists.

Our Cybercrimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago will continue to work with our law enforcement partners around the globe to identify, investigate and prosecute those who attempt to illegally profit from the innovation of others."

KickassTorrents was more popular than The Pirate Bay, but was able to avoid headlines (for the most part) until today. The complaint notes it receives 50 million unique visitors per month.

Though it probably goes without saying — don’t expect KickassTorrents to come back online.


We can't open KickassTorrents in our country. We must used VPN to open that site.
But I don't think that a big site like KT will be off, because KT is providing us with more and more stuff we need :D

[Edited by Venom88, October 07]

jonsemar - You were right! Gizmodo reported that the KickassTorrents is already back up and running!

We don't know how the whole KAT situation will develop. That being said, I strongly recommend not dispersing rumors around and trusting only Torrent Freak when it comes to torrent-related news. See their tag "kickasstorrents" for more info on this matter.

Disclaimer: I'm in no way affiliated with TF, but it's my main source of news on these subjects, and I hope it can shed a light for you too.

To be honest, now the domain is dead, but some of the Kickass Torrents devs are still not arrested, and revived KAT in a new URL :