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Update: Kickass Torrents, Closure Cause Varied Impact On Other Torrent Sites, But The Pirate Bay Will Survive

Update Date: Sep 10, 2016 11:20 AM EDT
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Law enforcement officers prepare to transport confiscated piracy and pornographic DVDs during a raid to shops on Jan. 10, 2007 in Nanjing of Jiangsu Province, China. (Photo : China Photos/Getty Images)

UPDATE: IBTimes Claimed that Kickass Torrents, Torrentz shutdown will not affect The Pirate Bay, which once again regained its title of "King of Torrents" after ranking number one this year. The site had also been ranked number one for six years in a row from 2009. "Sure, TPB has its flaws and glitches, but it's still the go-to site for all our media needs, and I can see TPB still being around in 20 or 30 years time, even if the technology changes," The Times Cited Spud17 as saying.

Following the closure of Kickass Torrents and, other torrent sites have reportedly recorded an increase in their traffic, but some have seen a decline.

While a number of internet users have relied on the said website in downloading pirated contents, such as movies, it has appeared that its closure has dampened their spirits as well.

According to Torrent Freak, statistics from Google Trends have suggested that there has been an escalation in searches for other possible sites where users can possibly download their favorite films and other pirated content. 

It can be recalled that Kickass Torrents or KAT ended its operation in July after the arrest of its owner.

Another popular torrent site,, followed suit as it voluntarily stopped its operation after more than a decade of serving those who have been downloading pirated content.

“The past month has been a turbulent one for the torrent community,” Torrent Freak noted. “With the closure of Kickass Torrents and, two of the largest players were gone without prior notice.”

The report further disclosed that “the big sites have expanded their user bases but that some smaller torrent sites are actually worse off now” as impacted by the shutdown of the two most famous torrent sites.

Based on the data indicated in the report, The Pirate Bay has benefitted the most from the situation, recording an increase of 67 percent in traffic.

Meanwhile, Extra Torrent doubled its traffic, although it only came in second to The Pirate Bay in terms of a number of visitors. However, the situation did not bring luck for all since Torlock reportedly had its traffic cut by half.

In a separate report, Torrent Freak hinted that sharing of pirated content online may face an end soon. 

It was dished that a new group called Spridningskollen (Distribution Check) is about to “launch a new initiative to punish those who file-share. The aim: to save the industry and educate the masses.”

Do you think there is still a possibility that sites like Kickass Torrents and would continue to proliferate despite the strengthened drive to punish them?

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