11:19am, 23rd July, 2016
It came as a shock to many of us when it was announced that the owner of Kickass Torrents was arrested and the site had went down. However, reports are coming in suggesting that clone sites have already come up.
Artem Vaulin, the owner of the most visited torrent site Kickass Torrents was arrested in Poland and the domains of his website were seized, shutting down the site. However, the piracy site is available online again in the form of clone sites.
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There are multiple clones of the website available online and Verge reports that it has received an emailed statement from the creators of one such clone, named KAT.am, that says that the site is “hosted on multiple cloud servers to prevent blockade, and the hosting information is well hidden behind Cloudflare.”
The creators have claimed that they have improved on the original version of the website by adding a mobile version and further went on to say that they “have the complete torrent database of KAT, including the comments, user information intact,” The Verge reports.
In a similar situation in 2014, when another torrent site, the most visited at that time – The Pirate Bay was taken down after Swedish police seized website’s servers and computers in Stockholm. However, mirror servers and clone sites were able to ensure that the site never actually died and resurfaced in around two months.
On Wednesday, Kickass Torrents alleged leader was hit with US criminal charges that accused him of distributing over $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,724 crores) worth of illegally copied movies, music, games, and other content.
Online piracy has received yet another setback but it has already grown to such a level that it is practically impossible to completely eradicate online piracy.
It will be interesting to see if online pirates do get discouraged by the arrest of Vaulin and the charges slapped against him or come back even stronger than before.
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