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The U.S. wants Artem Vaulin of KickassTorrents extradited from the Ukraine to American soil to face various charges related to his site's illegal distribution of more than $1 billion in media. According to CNN, the Ukrainian man, age 30, was arrested in Poland just days ago.
The case is simply the latest in a series of high profile copyright infringement suits that have involved household names like Napster, Megaupload and Limewire. This bust is another massive blow to the online infringer community -- or is it?
Tightening the Screws
Online digital file sharing has been the bounty of online users and the scourge of copyright holders who have lost hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars of revenue. The DOJ and other government groups have gone after similar websites in recent years, fueled in part by media groups and artists whose pocketbooks are hurt through illegal file-sharing. As the years have gone by, the scope of copyright infringement has only gotten much greater.
Downfall of Torrent Sites
Since the arrest of Vaulin, the discussions have been brewing between the U.S. and Poland about his extradition to the States where he will be prosecuted. According to some sources, it is estimated that the value of the media that passed through KickassTorrents (also known as KAT) is worth more than a billion dollars.
Since KAT, like any website, is associated with a particular domain, it was forced to change addresses when things started to heat up. In fact, the site has had to change domains based on territory of registration numerous times. The latest domain is in Costa Rica.
Kim Dotcom, Megaupload's founder, had been fighting valiantly against extradition to the United States but finally lost that battle late last year. Hilariously, he has vowed to bring back Megaupload in 2017, only this time bigger and badder.
This is a major blow to the online community for downloading freebies -- or is it? Just a day after KAT was shut down by the feds, dozens of other clone sites have sprung up to fill the void. You know what they say in economics: if there's a demand, supply will surely follow.