The world’s largest torrent website has been seized, with its alleged founder arrested by US authorities, in what is a comprehensive blow to the domain and the wider torrenting community.
Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian national and the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the largest torrent website in the world was arrested in Poland yesterday. The US Government is seeking his extradition.
Following his arrest, US authorities have charged Vaulin with criminal copyright infringement and have seized multiple domain names associated with the website.
The complete list of charges are:One count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement One [...]
At the turn of the century, when the file-sharing service Napster was taken down in a court of law rather than by the competition, Metallica got a lot of press for being against the service and testifying that it had lost the millionaires significant sums of money.
But around that time, another band benefited by exposure to the Napster’s millions of users – Vermont-based Dispatch. Many people received their first introduction to the band at that time and lifelong fans were minted as a result. Like most bands, Dispatch makes most of their money touring anyhow. This example is presented as evidence of a heretical idea – not every content creator loses out because of file [...]
The MPAA is discussing site blocking with major movie studios and law firms. They hope to implement site blocking within the United States using existing laws while avoiding a SOPA-style response from the public. While the use of site blocking to deal with copyright infringing sites is starting to take off in Europe, the United States has not yet experienced this type of censorship.
Two months ago in October, a major meeting involving dozens of studio executives, and maybe a Comcast senior engineer, took place. The agenda for the meeting included plan for overt and covert maneuvering to increase the support for site blocking policy.MPAA Developing “Legal” Site [...]