It’s been a few days since Kickass Torrents was taken offline and left a gaping hole in the world of peer to peer file sharing via torrents. On July 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice announced that it had seized the KAT.cr domain and had identified the possible owner. The alleged Ukrainian man known online as “tirm”, was detained in Poland after being charged with a four-count U.S. criminal indictment. The remaining domains were taken offline voluntarily after the KAT.cr domain name was seized.
None of this has stopped the online community who are supporters of the site, and less than 24 hours after the kat.cr’s seizure, Kickass Torrents (KAT) is back online in a limited way, and if only for a short time. According to a report at Venture Beat, the people behind torrent site IsoHunt are hosting a mirror of Kickass Torrents which holds the last year-and-a-half of files, giving downloaders just enough time to to grab files and backup what they’re seeking. The owners warn the community to not get too attached.
“It’s not perfect but if users need to save and archive something it’s time,” the team told VentureBeat. “We don’t know how long it can last, but at least it’s something.”
IsoHunt and a community of other pirates are now asking users to sign a petition to free Artem Vaulin, the creator and owner of KickAss Torrents. The manifesto is posted at the Kickass Torrents mirror and pops up as you first land on the site.
“This morning the founder of kat.cr was arrested in Poland. It is another attack on freedom of rights of internet users globally. We think it’s our duty not to stand aside but to fight back supporting our rights. In the world of regular terrorist attacks where global corporations are flooded with money while millions are dying of diseases and hunger, do you really think that torrents deserve so much attention? Do you really think this fight worth the money and resources spent on it? Do you really think it’s the real issue to care of right now? We don’t!
Kat.cr is a website we all know and love, and the world will never be the same without it. That’s why before it will come back we’ve made the mirror of Kat.cr with all the torrents we could find. It’s not perfect but if you want to save and archive something, now it’s the time! We don’t know how long it can last, but at least it’s something. We will continue to fight for our freedom and you’re welcome to join us! Sign this petition on Change.org and let everybody know that there are many of us who refuse to be silent.
Our freedom is to share the human right which Artem Vaulin has been providing to millions of users from all over the world. By arresting him our rights are violated.”