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Man Behind World’s Largest Piracy Website “Kickass Torrents” Arrested in Poland by US Federal Agents

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The man behind the web’s biggest piracy network has been arrested and charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.

According to CNN Money, 30-year-old Ukranian Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of the world’s largest torrent site Kickass Torrents, was arrested by the United States Government in Poland, where they had requested his extradition.

The Kickass Torrents is a commercial website that enables users to illegally reproduce and distribute hundreds of millions of copyrighted motion pictures, video games, television programs, musical recordings and other electronic media and has being in existence since 2008.

With millions of unique visitors per day, it is now one of the most-used BitTorrent portals online – even bigger than ‘The Pirate Bay’.

Alongside the arrest of the alleged site owner in Poland, a federal court in Chicago has ordered the seizure of Kickass Torrent domain names, in an attempt to close the site down.

In a criminal complaint filed in US District Court in Chicago , Vaulin has been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.

The Federal Prosecutor in charge of the case, Zachary T. Fardon said:

“Copyright infringement exacts a large toll, a very human one, on the artists and businesses whose livelihood hinges on their creative inventions.”

Online piracy — essentially copying a digital file and sharing it — sucks revenue out of media publishing companies, which pay fees to the artists who create the work.

The U.S. government will ask the Polish government to extradite Vaulin to the United States, where he will be prosecuted. He’s accused of operating a website that allowed people to share movies, video games, television shows and music worth more than $1 billion.

Photo Credit: CNN Money

14 Comments

  1. BlueEyed

    July 23, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Oh no! Kickass torrents helped lives ??

  2. tony

    July 23, 2016 at 8:41 am

    It sure helps mine a lot. #FreeArtem. We need to survive.

  3. aj

    July 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Chai! American government don’t play when large sums of money is involved!!!

  4. Bodunade

    July 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

    The site has been down for days.. Thankfully, P. Bay is still up ???

    • ElessarisElendil

      July 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Just look at this snitch. People like you get shived in the hood.

  5. Tosin

    July 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

    opelope torrent, where would I be?

  6. Wow

    July 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I know piracy is evil…. But me, I am sha marvelling at his age. I mean if he is 30, that means he has been running the site since he was 22. Choi what is my brain doing o…

  7. xplorenollywood.com

    July 23, 2016 at 9:47 am

    We need this kind of criminal charges for piracy in our country jor! Musicians and actors are suffering from heavy piracy.

    • Me

      July 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Perhaps Linda should be prosecuted too. Like Melania Trump, she copies articles WORD for WORD from websites and pastes on hers – or isn’t copyright violation an offence in Nigeria. At least re-write the story in your own words.

      A class action from Getty images and others would make her discontinue that.

  8. okechukwu obiwuru

    July 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Please American government should forgiveness to him and tell him to repent in evil deed

  9. Ariere

    July 23, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Arresting him will not stop Online piracy. Throw him In jail, shut his site Down, Another site will only just stake the space he once occupied. They will only give him a hefty fine and a slap on the wrist plea bargain.

    There is Only one very effective way to curb Piracy but the US Govt won’t exercise it cus it short changes them. They won’t admit it by Piracy helps the World Economy.

    Online Piracy is understandly unethical and immoral but it’s lure is that it’s so easy to access and what is available is so Overpriced in the open market. Eg, Why pay for a $150 Post Grad Textbook or a $60 DVD Hollywood Movie or Even a Cinema Ticket For a Mediocre movie when u can just download them all freely ‘illegally’ online As long as the data is available?

    • ElessarisElendil

      July 23, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Further piracy allows students from the third world to get current textbooks that way if they emigrate they aren’t too much of a burden to train. Since they refuse to have children at replacement levels, they need migrants to maintain current spending levels.

      People that can afford IPs pay for it anyways. KAT shall return.

  10. Mar

    July 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Noooooo!!! ????

  11. Hado

    July 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    So long my old friend….

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