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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Arrest of KickassTorrents Operator Is Extended

Arrest of KickassTorrents Operator Is Extended

Arrest of KickassTorrents Operator Is Extended

Added: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
About three months ago, Polish law enforcement authorities arrested Artyom Vaulin, the alleged operator of KickassTorrents, one of the most popular torrent trackers in the world. The 30-year-old Ukrainian was arrested on behalf of American authorities and has been held in a local prison ever since. The United States officially requested his extradition 2 weeks ago. A grand jury indictment says that Artyom and his two colleagues were behind the pirate website.

Now Polish authorities have extended Vaulin’s arrest, while his defense team is preparing to fight the extradition request. His US lawyer claims that operating a torrent website cannot be a criminal offense, because it is nothing different from operating Google.


Vaulin’s US lawyer, as well as his wife and 4-year-old son all currently reside in Poland, since the arrest was recently extended to November 19. He is going to challenge extradition through his Polish counsel in late October. Vaulin’s defense team is going to fight the extradition by arguing that operating a torrent search engine is not a criminal offense in Poland, where he is detained, or Ukraine, where he lives and works. Moreover, operating a search engine like KickassTorrents is not a crime in the US either, otherwise other search engines like Google might be in trouble as well. By the way, isoHunt.com argued the same in their civil case against the entertainment industry, but this position didn’t help it.

Vaulin’s US defense team has been trying to set up a meeting with their client for a few weeks, but so far with no result, as he is only allowed to work with his Polish lawyers for now.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Comments (18) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-10-04 12:14:44)
No avatarLets see... 70's were the 70's, 80's were the 80's, 90's was Generation X(confused), 2000's was generation D(digital). 2010's I guess we should call generation T(tyranny)?

posted by (2016-10-04 12:14:52)
TimeBandits avatarVaulin shouldn't be held in prison on remand, it's as bad as being convicted & usually treatment is worse as the prison authorities like to punish you while they have you just in case you get found not guilty in court & get released.
He isn't a danger to the public in any way, shape or form & unless he has a history of breaching bail conditions shouldn't be considered a flight risk.
Basically, you're at a disadvantage while in custody as you're struggling to cope with being cut off from your family & friends (except for restrictive visits) & the psychological shock of being contained in a prison cell 23 hrs per day with some pretty unsavoury characters.
Release the guy with some bail conditions & let him have a fare chance of defending himself, that's the least authorities should do, after all, were all innocent until proven guilty & he's far from that at this moment.

posted by Blocked (2016-10-04 12:37:29)
D1RKADACURRADA avataroperating a search engine - lol, you cant upload torrent by logging into your google acct. need new legal team for sure.

posted by (2016-10-04 13:03:51)
rowcorl avatarI support TimeBandits 100% grant Vaulin some bail conditions & let him have a fare chance of defending himself. Personally I see nothing wrong with kickass search engine. We should be grateful instead.

posted by (2016-10-04 14:10:22)
johnjay1969 avatarthey want a patsy and to set an example. otherwise they would have to lock up 30% of the world's population...

posted by (2016-10-04 14:40:47)
Scott_Malkinson avataris there a go fund me type page where we can donate to his legal fund?

posted by (2016-10-04 17:05:20)
No avatarI like Scott_Malkinson comment!

posted by (2016-10-04 17:08:44)
SirSeedsAlot avatarThe problem is that Poland will do anything the USA wants. That makes things unfair right from the start.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2016-10-04 18:28:42)
analogkid6103 avatarThe deck has been stacked against him due to RIIA and MPAA buying up all different countries laws and inserting the ones they choose. Once they are done the penalty for copyright infringement will be draconian and horrible.

posted by (2016-10-04 19:58:33)
Innocent_Devil avatarwhy they dont arrest the real criminals..?

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverKittySunTurtle (2016-10-04 23:43:07)
Selsley avatarD1RKADACURRADA i have a google plus account and can upload 10gb of tv or movie or music for free, and share it to anyone who i give the link to, more if i decide to pay, and a payment is just a donation of a set ammount, a torrent site only has a small data file with no movie or audio in it, to me, google is worse for allowing users to host and share files that are illegal, a torrent site isnt, actually, google is no different than megaupload and we all know whats happening there.

posted by (2016-10-05 08:47:07)
No avatarThe issue in the court case won't be about the actual illegal activity but rather providing the platform for it. Is providing the platform for it the same as someone using it? The answer to that question will determine the outcome of the case, and many cases of downloading also. Unless it's a kangaroo court, etc.

posted by (2016-10-05 09:38:14)
No avatarSites like ET might need to work outside the UN now since they took over the DNS part of the internet on October 1st.

posted by Trusted Uploader (2016-10-05 12:10:29)
XpoZ avatarPoland is american ass, he do what ever is boss say to do.

posted by (2016-10-05 23:25:11)
No avatarThis YouTube video will explain some of what the US is doing: https:// youtu.be/W3HWiydFlJc (remove the space between / and y)

posted by Kitty (2016-10-06 20:53:54)
redbull99 avatarlol yeah he must be the operator. sites still up while the poor guy is in a cell. if hes the operator hows the site still up lol complete morons just have to laugh at them.

posted by (2016-10-07 09:17:42)
Navitzma avatarLMFAO, what a bunch of moron lawyers. They don't even understand the difference between a search engine and a torrent site he's definitely gonna lose his case if they describe kat as search engine in court proceeding and compare it to google, they'll lose the case just on technicality and the case will be thrown outta the court.He should definitely get new lawyer whose technical jargon is not so weak as these morons, or appoint a technical advisor to stop these mistakes from happening and not get your case thrown out on a technicality.
Good luck to him.

posted by (2016-10-07 16:17:13)
EksDhiee avatarafter the disaapearance of kat. hope Us wont sue the owner of Extratorrent. long live ET

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