July 21, 2016 Thursday – Chris Swearingin, Editor-in-Chief ComputerMagazine.com – Breaking News
The great torrent site that in recent times had become one of the most popular destinations on the web, with over 50 million visitors per month – KickAssTorrents, has been taken offline, it’s domains seized and it’s owner arrested as part of a government effort to stomp another successful torrent indexing site out of existence. There has been no report on kickAssTorrent’s Twiter (https://twitter.com/kickasstorrents) regarding this development, but other sites are reporting the details.
Artem Vaulin, 30, the reported founder of KickAss was arrested in Poland yesterday (Wednesday, July 20, 2016) and charged with criminal copyright infringement. The U.S. DOJ appears to be behind this action, as is so often the case. This follows the years of struggle of another top Torrent site, The Pirate Bay, as it has limped on life-support to stay online by shifting it’s servers and domains across the world in an effort to avoid our prosecution-happy governments efforts to shut it down.
I first noticed this when trying to visit kat.cr yesterday (one of KickAssTorrents main domains), and saw it was offline. As I suspected, a quick search reveled that in fact the site and it’s owners were victims of our internet-freedom-hating “justice” system and collaborating foreign governments. What’s new. Stay tuned for more….
Chris Swearingin, Technologist, Editor-in-Chief ComputerMagazine.com
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