KickAss Torrents Dead, But Not Online Piracy
Earlier this morning, news broke of Artem Vaulim, the founder of KickAss Torrents, being arrested in Poland and the domain name being seized, making the website unoperational. In short, the most beloved Torrent Site for those with piracy close to their hearts has gone dark, and in all likelihood for good.
Additionally, alternate popular proxies have also been swiftly taken down. As of writing this article, the five most popular KAT proxy sites, along with the main website are no longer accessible due to the fact that KAT servers across the globe are being taken down, instead of just the domain names being seized. We have seen how earlier blocking one domain name caused the website to crop back up with a new one, so a server-level take down seems to be the only way to put a website into the ground once and for all.
KickAss Torrents isn’t the first to be targeted by the US government for illegal distribution of digital content, with popular websites like The Piratebay going through its own fair share of arrests and takedowns in the last few years. But it is unlikely that taking one website down, regardless of its popularity, is going to have the effect that the authorities are looking for. We have seen time and time again how people find ways to skirt copyright law. When one source goes down, we have seen alternatives crop up, KickAss Torrents itself being one of them. KAT shot to popularity back in the day when The Pirate Bay was having trouble keeping its domain names active.