Piracy Domains Facing Trouble Times
Well known torrent site when down last month, the site owners were caught by matching IP address from Apple service to KAT’s Facebook account. Even though there are other options such as The Pirate Bay, even TPB were and are going through rough times. Their website are not stable which leads to inconvenience.
“Records provided by Apple showed that firstname.lastname@example.org conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 188.8.131.52 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook.”
“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.”
So as soon the main domain was taken down, other fake domains were hosted, dubbed as the mirror of KAT. One such domain was kat.am, which seem to be same as the main domain, but users were directed to registration page in order to download the torrent.
As KAT’s domain was taken down, there were evident chain reaction of other torrent sites either were having tough time to stay stable or being faced with some sort of fine. Uploaded.net failed to win the battle against German Music Rights Groups as this is the same as any file sharing websites, which users use to upload copyright content.
“File-hosting services earn a lot of money though the exploitation of creative content. Copyright infringements are willingly accepted. This imbalance hurts our members and is something we can’t accept. What the judgments have in common is that, according to the court, Uploaded is not only obliged to take down content when they are notified of an infringement. They also have to take proactive measures to prevent the same work from being re-uploaded and made available for download again” – GEMA CEO
Back to KickAssTorrents, high ranked moderators at katcr.co are trying to raise funds so that they can build the website and operate it.
One of the users said, “This site we now inhabit is costing money: Money that a few individuals put up to ensure the survival of this Community. This is still not the Kat we all remember but on a daily basis it is getting closer”.
“At this stage, it very much depends on pending legal action and rulings in regards to the legality of torrents in the US. However the community can be reassured that in one way or another, KAT will return to its former glory. “It is our understanding that the databases have been secured in such a way that the information inside would become useless if an unauthorised attempt was made to access them” – Mr Gooner, KAT admin.
This campaign is a long term project and it is not certain how long it will take the community to return it the normal working state with all the functions. What are your thoughts on this?
Also will you pay for the content, if it was “reasonable” and available shortly after the release date. How do we combat this?