New Delhi: Artem Vaulin, the owner of world’s largest piracy sites Kickass Torrents was on Thursday arrested in Poland for allegedly distributing copied films, music and other content worth Rs 6,724 crores leading to shutting down of the website.
Vaulin has been charged with criminal charges by the US Justice Department.
”Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials,” said Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s, as reported on Verge.
The complaint against Artem Vaulin says that the website offers a user-friendly environment where users can search for and locate content which is copyright protected. The complaint also mentions that the website has made available movies that were still in theatres earning revenue from advertising throughout its site.
“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,” said assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell.
The federal court in Chicago has ordered the US officials to seize seven domain names associated with the Kickass Torrents.