KickassTorrent, the world’s most popular torrent website, has faced a major setback. U.S. Government has seized the different domains of KickassTorrents. The federal investigators also arrested Artem Vaulin, the alleged founder of the website.
Being the owner of the world’s largest torrent-sharing site, the last thing you’d expect to land you in trouble would be a totally legitimate (and legal) purchase via iTunes. But that’s what happened to Ukrainian Artem Vaulin a.k.a “tirm,” owner and operator of KickassTorrents (KAT), who was arrested and charged in Poland for criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. He’s been accused of illegally reproducing and distributing hundreds of millions of copies of movies, video games, TV shows and music albums totaling more than $1 billion. The US is now waiting to extradite him.
Here are the charges that he has been charged with:
- Criminal copyright infringement
- Conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement
- Conspiracy to commit money laundering