The Department of justice US has struck a blow in the illegal downloading of the sector. The authorities have indeed announced that the alleged owner of the website KickAss Torrents , Ukrainian Artem Vaulin, was arrested in Poland and charged in the United States.
The US authorities can congratulate themselves for successfully this could be one of the biggest hits on illegal downloading. Indeed, the man who is the founder and owner of the site KickAss Torrent , the Ukrainian Artem Vaulin 30 years, fell. He was arrested in Poland and the United States wants to obtain his extradition. According to the US Department of Justice, different internet domains were also seized and a bank account.
KickAss Torrents is the illegal downloading of most visited site at the moment but probably not for long. Some areas already returned an error. “ Vaulin is accused of running illegal sharing website files today the most visited, responsible for the illegal distribution of more than a billion dollars of materials protected by copyright ” says the Assistant Minister of justice Leslie Caldwell, in the press release of the US department of justice. According to US authorities, the site received over 50 million visitors a month, he was classified as 69 th most visited site in the world.
According to estimates by the US court, the website Torrent KickAss could generate between 12.5 and 22.3 million in advertising revenue annually.
This case is not unlike that of Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom that the US court had closed in 2012. While he risk 20 years in prison but US authorities have not managed to judge. The New Zealand justice had indeed authorized his extradition to the USA late 2015 but Kim Dotcom has appealed.