INFAMOUS ALTERNATIVE DIGITAL LENDING LIBRARY Kickass Torrents is taking deep breaths, running on the spot, looking into a mirror telling itself that it can do this and preparing to fight its case in the US courts over copyright and that.
Kickass Torrents has Ira Rothken in its corner, so it is in good hands. The US authorities will be crawling all over themselves and slavering their bodies in legal juice as they start their case against the sharing site and alleged owner Artem Vaulin, so this might be something of a battle.
Rothken has argued that there is no case to argue because a torrent cannot be copyrighted and everyone is wasting their time. The courts haven't been so sure, though, and they haven't just shaken everyone's hand and called it a day. Rothken apparently likes the argument that he is and he is sticking to it.
US and KickassTorrents Go Head to Head in Court - TorrentFreak https://t.co/pUzAhzfT51— Ira Rothken (@rothken) February 2, 2017
"We believe that the indictment against Artem Vaulin in the KAT torrent files case is defective and should be dismissed. Torrent files are not content files. The reproduction and distribution of torrent files are not a crime," he told TorrentFreak.
"If a third party uses torrent files to infringe it is after they leave the KAT site behind and such conduct is too random, inconsistent, and attenuated to impose criminal liability on Mr. Vaulin."
We all know what the US authorities are like, they like to win, and they like to get their man (or woman) and make them go through as many court appearances as possible.
When Vaulin was arrested, an attorney general stood on top of a hill in a rainstorm and bellowed at the sky that there is "no escape, and no hiding from the authorities", metaphorically anyway.
"Vaulin is charged with running today's most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1bn of copyrighted materials," said assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell when Vaulin was hauled in.
"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 cyber criminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice."
Well, they can hide, just not forever. µ
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