KickassTorrent: Founder fled and that’s a good thing
Artem Vaulin, the founder of KickassTorrent, has disappeared without a trace while on bail in Poland. And that’s a good thing considering what awaited him in the United States.
The KickassTorrent case is one of the most notorious in piracy in recent years. Considered one of the biggest torrent sites in the world, surpassing even Pirate Bay at the time, its founder, Artem Vaulin, was arrested in spectacular fashion in 2016. The rights holders laughed heartily, savoring fiercely their victory. But the legal battle was only just beginning. Arrested in Poland, the rights holders demanded his extradition to stand trial in the United States to make an example.
The procedure stagnated for years with shutdowns and restarts on either side. In 2017, Artem Vaulin was granted bail in the amount of $ 108,000. In a first instance, a Polish court had authorized his extradition. But this decision had to be confirmed and it could have taken years. And Artem Vaulin made the best decision he could by running away rather than having that sword of Damocles on his head.
According to information reported by Torrent Freak, Vaulin is no longer in Poland and it is not known whether he has left the country or is in hiding somewhere in the country. The escape abroad is more than likely, as two other Ukrainian KickassTorrent operators are at large more than 4 years ago.
Why is this a good thing? I defend sharing and we must fight the dictatorship of copyright and patents. This has plunged culture into a world of the abyss where you pay for the slightest trifle. Moreover, if Artem Vaulin had been extradited, then he would have had a trial similar to that of Julian Assange. A shit show where he would have taken prison for decades. Remember that Limetorrent, when convicted, had to pay damages that were more than all the money that was in circulation on earth!
The justice system in the United States is one of the most corrupt in the world, judges who are totally under the orders of the oligarchy and the multinationals. Asking for fair justice in the United States is like asking for free speech in Saudi Arabia, it is incompatible. Artem Vaulin is therefore now a fugitive and it will certainly not be an easy life. He will have to hide all the time, change his identity, but it is better than facing the Cyclopean monsters of rights holders and American justice.