Kickass Torrents have known as such a website that basically provides a directory for the relevant torrent files as well as magnet links. It utilized for facilitating the peer-to-peer file sharing process utilizing BitTorrent protocol. It also called KAT.
More on the Kickass Torrents
- Kickass reportedly founded in the year 2008. Ever since its advent, it started getting popular among a large section of active internet users for the various reasons. By the time November 2014, Kickass had already become one of the most visited BitTorrent directories out there. In the process, it overtook the previously most visited The Pirate Bay.
- Eventually, cr eventually went offline on 20th July 2016 since the domain of this site seized by US government. There were various proxy sites that people used to access but eventually those proxy sites were also shut down.
- In the month of December 2016, the members of Kickass Tor were able to revive this site. They created a completely similar website with its predecessor’s appearance and features. As a result, internet users again started using this site in full swing.
Blocking and Censorship
- As per the authority of Kickasstorrents, this site duly complies with DCMA protocols and it successfully removes the infringing torrents reported by the content owners. In the month of April 2011, KAT moved to Philippines domain name known as kat.ph since a series of other domain names seized by US government. Since then the authority of KAT took the decision of moving its domain name once every six months.
- On the other hand, in Feb 2013 the Internet Service Providers in the UK given orders by High Court to block the complete access to the Kickass Torrents as well as other various similar sites. The judge said that the activities of such torrent site were nothing but copyright infringements.
- In the year 2013, the domain name of KAT was reportedly changed to the Tonga name kickass.to as the part of website’s regular domain name. In the month of June 2013, Kickass got delisted from the Google at the request of MPAA. Then in August, it blocked by the ISP of Belgium.
Arrest of alleged owner
In the month of July 2016, United States Department of Justice declared that they had reportedly seized KAT.cr domain as well as identified its owner. A Ukrainian named Artem Vaulin aka ‘tirm’ reportedly taken into custody in Poland.