It is reported that “the most visited illegal file sharing website on the internet, kickass torrents, took a major blow today when its founder, Artem Vaulin, was arrested…in Poland on charges of copyright infringement. Despite living in Ukraine, the (United States) is looking to extradite Vaulin back to the states where he’s charged with a criminal complaint by the U.S. District Court in Chicago.”
According to Catrina Dennis it was only a matter of time before Vaulin was to be caught and reprimanded. When speaking to the press, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division made the following statement:
“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials…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 cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.”
Thirty year old Ukrainian born Artem Vaulin was arrested on one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.
According to this blogger, torrents are one of the biggest issues to be tackled in the IP (and particularly) in the copyright infringement world.
This blogger previously wrote an article about VPN, a Singaporean torrent site. VPN was facing boycott and backlash from legal international video-streaming sites due to the illegality of the site.
Although the issue with torrents such as kickass torrents (KAT) resolves more around the issue of downloading (movies, series and so on) for free, the context of the situation is more or less the same; other torrents that require users to pay for the downloads suffer serious losses as users would opt for the free alternative.
Executive Associate Director Edge also raised another cause of concern:
“Artem Vaulin was allegedly running a worldwide digital piracy website that stole more than $1 billion in profits from the U.S. entertainment industry…protecting legitimate commerce is one of HSI’s highest priorities. With the cooperation of our law enforcement partners, we will continue to aggressively bring to justice those who enrich themselves by stealing the creative work of U.S. artists.”
Due to the above, Vaulin has also committed a crime against the state (of America). However he still seems to have individuals on his side who have even begun a petition on change.org calling for his release.
The case is still ongoing and more details to emerge as the case unfolds.