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KickAssTorrents Crisis Update: KickAss Is Dead; Pirate Bay Snatching the Reins?

Update Date: Oct 19, 2016 06:30 AM EDT
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Since it was reported that KickAssTorrents has been shut down, users are in the lookout for other options. Some of these are Pirate Bay, Torrent Downloads, 1337x, RARBG, and ExtraTorrent. Speculations are going around that Pirate Bay is getting ready to clear all competitions to make sure that KAT, Torrent Hound, Torrentz will never be able to recover again. Despite these rumors, there is still no evidence yet that Pirate Bay is taking concrete steps to crush these alternative torrents sites.

According to GameNGuide, the torrent crisis started when KickAssTorrents, Torrentz, and Torrent Hound ceased operations. Thus, began claims that Pirate Bay started taking over. You can't really blame the users since they had to look for alternatives to continue the file sharing tool they got used to for the longest time. So it's only but natural that they all turn to Pirate Bay.

Does the End Really Justify the Means?

On a separate report featured on the International Business Times, programming and technical language textbooks hold the top spot as the most popular among students using piracy websites. Students who cannot afford textbooks are openly sharing copies of their books illegally using Pirate Bay and TextbookNova. These are the same torrent sites that had also crippled the music industry.

For instance, Digital Systems Principles And Applications by Ronald Tocci can cost around $130 a pop on Amazon. If you don't mind doing something illegal to pass your academic subject, you can download the same book absolutely free on either Piratebay or KickAss.

On July 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice announced that they already seized the domain and identified the alleged owner. He goes by the name of Artem Vaulin, 30, a Ukrainian man known as "tirm" online. He was detained in Poland when charged with a four-count U.S. criminal indictment.

But did it mean the end of KickAss? Of course not. It just keeps on spawning into different forms so that users can go on with their business. Is there any way to stop this? Highly unlikely.

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Also read: KickAssTorrents Crisis Update: KAT Community Resurrects Site, Operation Resumed; Pirate Bay Next To Shutdown?



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