KickassTorrents alleged owner considers surrendering voluntarily to US authorities


The alleged owner of KickassTorrents, Artem Vaulin, considers surrendering voluntarily to US authorities. According to TorrentFreak, the documents submitted to an Illinois District Court suggests that under right conditions Vaulin might consider travelling to the US so that he can resolve pending charges.

In a motion for a status conference that was submitted to the court, Vaulin’s legal team notes:

Mr Vaulin and his counsel in the United States recently have engaged in discussions with the government to determine if the parties can resolve this matter, or at least certain significant issues

This includes “…issues relating to the proper calculation of the sentencing guidelines and/or the possibility of an agreement for bond should Mr Vaulin decide to voluntarily surrender to the United States authorities and appear before this Court to resolve the pending charges,” reads the document.

Few months ago a Polish court ruled that Vaulin could be extradited to the US. Vaulin and his alleged co-conspirators were accused by the US Department of Justice of being responsible for unlawfully distributing copyrighted material worth $1bn (£780m).

After this, Vaulin’s defence team announced an appeal and he was released on bail and now lives in Warsaw. Vaulin’s release made it easier for him to communicate with his attorneys in the US, who started negotiating with the US government.

So far, Vaulin’s defence team submitted a motion to dismiss the charges made by The US Department of Justice. They hope the ruling would bring some clarity over the issue.

KickassTorrents (KAT) is a website founded in 2008 that provides torrent files and magnet links to facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. As of November 2014, KAT became the most visited torrent directory in the world according to the site’s Alexa ranking. On 20 July 2016, the domain was seized by the United States government and was subsequently shut down.

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