To jog your memory, KickassTorrents, the largest torrents website on the internet had previously been shut down due to allegations against its 30-year-old founder Artem Vaulin (who was arrested for illegally downloading music from iTunes). Since then, the U.S government has cracked down on illegal content hosting (or torrent) websites and a large number of those have already gone offline. This had left a lot of community members unhappy and stranded.
But, they have a second chance to feel rejoiced as KickassTorrents has made a scintillating return to the interwebs to alleviate your piracy content cravings. This may come as a surprise to some but the groundwork for the relaunch had been laid just weeks after the notoriously popular torrent website katcr.co’s closure, reports TorrentFreak.
The community of former admins, moderators, and forum members all came together to work towards an effort to relaunch their favorite torrents website. They started off by bringing back the community katcr.co forum, so they can again start discussions regarding the pirated content available on the then-closed KickassTorrents website.
It was on this forum that the seeds for the platform’s return had been sown and hints have been dropped in the last couple of months. With regard to the same, KATcr team shared the following statement:
The majority of our original Staff, Admins and Moderation team joined us after Kat.cr went down – which is something we’re very proud of. This shows the loyalty, dedication and real love for KAT that we all share.
We have all our major uploaders on board and they continued to share tirelessly even before the torrent engines returned. The torrent community can continue to expect to see uploads from all the names they know and trust.
The team suggests that putting together the platform took so much time because they didn’t have access to the code or data and the financial situation was also not favorable. But the regrouped KATcr team dedicated themselves to collecting and putting together bits and pieces of the site together and make it look original. And indeed, the resemblance is uncanny — and cannot be doubted due to the presence of a clean interface and existing members. Also, the team wanted to make sure that the platform was secure and there were no loopeholes.
This will most likely lead to the closure of the collections of mirror and copycat websites which have popped up after the KickassTorrents incident. But a lot of these couldn’t sustain the traffic or quality of content and were shut down. The former members have relaunched the service but they fear that the U.S government might be gearing up to take action and will try to shut down KickassTorrents once again. So, if you’ve been waiting on to illegally download and watch your favorite movie, now is your chance.