Hollywood shuts down Kickass Torrent mirror

Motion Picture Association files complaint with Armenian registry after which the mirror was shut down

Tech Desk July 30, 2016
Motion Picture Association filed a complaint the Armenian registry after which the mirror was shut down.

KickassTorrents, the famous file sharing site, was recently taken down by US authorities who also arranged for the arrest of its owner Artem Valin in Poland.

Hollywood though couldn’t shut the site down permanently as multiple mirrors to the site where up and running in no time. Most popular among these being KAT.AM.

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However, it seems that authorities are bent on closing the site down for good as the mirror has been suspended within two weeks of its launch after the Motion Picture Association (MPA) filed a complaint with AMNIC – the Armenian registry responsible for the .am top-level domain.

The MPA also issued the operator with a sternly-worded legal threat: “This notice requires you to immediately [within 24 hours] take effective measures to end and prevent further copyright infringement. All opportunities provided by the website to download, stream or otherwise obtain access to the entertainment content should be disabled permanently.”

This move from Hollywood though seems futile as the operators of KAT.AM have launched a number of other domains that lead back to the original site.

However, using these mirrors can be risky as some people confuse them with the original site and try to login to it which some mirrors can use to extract personal information of the users, not to mention the fact that the original site is under criminal investigation by US authorities.

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This though doesn't seem to bother the operators who are putting up new mirrors every day.

“We are not worried, because if it’s not us, someone else will keep the game running. If not the alleged owner, it can be us. If we are not there, still there will surely be someone else. This never ends,” a mirror operator said.

This article originally appeared on Torrent Freak.


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