World's largest piracy site down as owner arrested
In what could be a biggest development in the eradicating piracy, the world's largest piracy site owner has been arrested in Poland. On Thursday, the US Department of Justice seized 7 domain names associated with Kickass Torrents, arguably the most visited piracy site and charged the alleged ringleader with criminal copyright infringement. The operator, Ukrainian national Artem Vaulin, 30 was also charged with money laundering and distributing over $1 billion of illegally copied films, music, video games and other content.
“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over USD 1 billion of copyrighted materials,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell. “In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits.“His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cyber criminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.”