With over one million users every day,
KickassTorrents is the officially world’s
most popular file sharing site.
However, it seems this loved torrent
website has had its day with US cops
swooping in and closing it down.
It’s owner, Artem Vaulin, was also taken
into custody during yesterday’s raid and
now faces a number of charges including
conspiracy to commit criminal copyright
infringement, conspiracy to commit
money laundering, and two counts of
criminal copyright infringement.
KickassTorrent has become so popular in
recent years it’s thought to be worth more
than $54 million, with estimated annual
advertising revenue in the range of $12.5
million to $22.3 million.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell
from the Department of Justice said in a
statement: “In an effort to evade law
enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on
servers located in countries around the
world and moved his domains due to
repeated seizures and civil lawsuits.
“His arrest in Poland, however,
demonstrates again that cybercriminals
can run, but they cannot hide from
“Copyright infringement exacts a large
toll, a very human one, on the artists and
businesses whose livelihood hinges on
their creative inventions,” added U.S.
Attorney Fardon.
“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.”
This latest file sharing news comes just
weeks after a prolific uploader of content
to torrent sites was hit with a massive
The unnamed uploader has agreed to pay
a cash settlement to Dutch anti-piracy
outfit BREIN.
The fine is thought to be in the region of
€7,500 (£6,000) which is a hefty sum for
using the popular site.
In a statement BREIN said: “The uploader
posted frequent torrents for illegal English
subtitled movies and TV series on illegal
websites such as The Pirate Bay and
“After the other members were identified,
the uploader in question stopped
uploading and hoped in vain that he
would be spared. He was still identified by