Kickass Torrents Goes Offline – The alleged owner of popular torrent website, Kickass Torrents, has been arrested by U.S. authorities.
30-year old Ukranian Artem Vaulin was arrested in Poland on charges of criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. According to charges, Vaulin made available for download, movies that were still showing in cinemas.
“Copyright infringement exacts a large toll, a very human one, on the artists and businesses whose livelihood hinges on their creative inventions,” Zachary T. Fardon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, said in a statement. “Vaulin allegedly used the Internet to cause enormous harm to those artists.”
Vaulin faces up to 5 years for copyright infringement, and up to 20 years for the money laundering.
“This criminal case is a major step to reduce illegal theft of creative content by large-scale piracy sites,” MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd said in a statement. “Actions like these help protect the livelihoods of the 1.9 million hard-working Americans whose jobs are supported by the motion picture and television industry – and a legal market that generates $16.3 billion in exports for the U.S. economy.”