It’s been a tough year for Kickass Torrents, one of the most popular torrent sites as of late. Back in July of 2016, the alleged founder of Kickass Torrents, Artem Vaulin, was arrested in Poland and charged with some pretty heavy crimes. They included:
- Criminal copyright infringement
- Conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement
- Conspiracy to commit money laundering
In addition, the web site domain was seized and shut down. However, mirrors and copies of the site were quickly re-established online and a weird cat and mouse game has persisted as many users seek viable alternatives to Kickass Torrent for all their downloading needs.
Earlier this month, the country of Australia started ordering DNS blocks on the various mirrors.
Meanwhile, young Artem was just released from solitary confinement on bail. His bail was a hefty $108,000 and his passport was confiscated, so he’s stuck in Poland while he waits to find out whether he will be extradited to the United States.
He was recently interviewed by the Verge, just two days before being released. It’s a fascinating story.