A Ukrainian known as to be the owner of one of the most used and world’s biggest piracy site Kickass Torrents was convicted. Ukraine based citizen Artem Vaulin was found guilty by US criminal charges for illegally distributing over $1 billion worth of copyrighted materials, including movies, games, music and other contents.
As per the report, Vaulin was arrested in Poland earlier and is being sought by US authorities for distributing copyrighted materials, money laundering and other charges.
Often known by the name of Kat, the torrent site has been providing copyrighted materials like movies, music, videos, games, television programs, and other media to its user base since 2008. The site is also estimated to be the 69th most visited website on the internet after topping out another popular piracy website – Pirate Bay.
As per the statement by Justice Department, Vaulin is said to be charged for running the most visited illegal media and file sharing website which is responsible for sharing over $1 billion worth of copyrighted materials. The complaint also stated that Vaulin was able to be tracked by the help of the records provided by Apple from his iCloud account.
According to the complaint, the website is estimated to be more than $54 million generating revenue over $12.5 million to $22.3 million annually, which is an outrageous amount. The website moved its domain several times from Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, and Malaysia after being blocked and has been dependent on various servers around the world, including in the USA. Recently the website allowed users to download varieties of blockbuster movies, notably including “Now You See Me 2”, and “Finding Dory”.
Another popular piracy site Pirate Bay has still been able to run despite its owner being sentenced to jail several times and its domain names being blocked.