Good news for the torrent lovers at this Christmas. A group of KickassTorrents site’s staff has brought back the infamous KickassTorrents site with high hopes to regain the dulled glory. The new site (KATcr.co) uses updated and secure database, but the staff deliberately left the layout of the website same as before.
A few months ago KickAssTorrents site, the largest torrent website was brought down by the U.S. Government in a criminal investigation and arrested the alleged owner Artem Vaulin. As a consequence, millions of people dispersed on the search for different torrent sites, including the active community staff members and admins.
After the torrent site shut down, several KAT community staffers have regrouped to rebuild the community part of the website. They launched the community KATcr.co forum and hinted that the site could come back to life in future.
The New KickassTorrents Site
Today is that big day as KATcr (KATcr.co) has now launched a fully functional torrent site, which gives the feel of its predecessor. The website has a clean user database, but the original staff is still on board.
The KATcr team is proud of their original staff, admins, and moderation team dedication and loyalty even after the shutdown of the torrent site.
At the original KickAssTorrents site, administrator and staff were separated from the people who looked after financial and technical matters which means that the people responsible for KATcr didn’t have access to the source code and data.
But still, the team managed to regroup the scattered bits and made it look similar to the former site to make sure pirates feel right at home, and the website’s famous uploaders are now getting back to the site. The team has hopes that the site will soon be populated with lots of fresh content.
KATcr staff pointed out that, “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,”
It took quite a bit time for the KATcr team to put everything together, but the team managed to ensure everything is secure and seem successful in doing that.
“In order to keep our members safe we chose to rebuild and keep only safe elements. Despite the fact that a rebuild took longer, the safety of our community comes first,” said the KATcr team.
It may look a bold move to relaunch the KickAssTorrents site whose alleged owner is being trialed, and the US government still wants the rest of the operators, however, the current staff members sees no legal issues ahead.
The team pointed out that the KickAssTorrents site has its proper DMCA takedown procedure and as the YouTube, they don’t store any copyright material on the site’s servers.
Katcr team noted, “KAT is a community-based forum and a torrent search engine. It’s the heart of who we are and that will never change. Despite opinions to the contrary, torrents are not illegal, and we do not host any content.
“So long as Kickass Torrents continues to operate to the absolute letter of the law then we are most certainly not conducting criminal activities.”
The KATcr team has strong believes that the operators of the original KickAssTorrents site will walk free, they said that the investigation carried out by the Department of Homeland Security and the IRS are unlawful, and targeting foreign citizen and prosecuting them under the United States jurisdiction.
Over the past few months, many KAT clones were emerged claiming to be the relaunch of the original site. In reality, the original site is still removed but with old staffers and uploaders KATcr might hold than the rest.
Update: The site may not work for some people, and it appears down due to some technical issues at the moment and the overwhelming amount of traffic which is causing such inconvenience.
KATcr’s member noted, “We’ve had a massive response from the torrent community! Unfortunately, the servers are having difficulty balancing the load of the huge amount of users online at the same time. Tech is on it and will no doubt have it sorted out as soon as possible.
“On the positive, this is an overwhelming response to your excellent article so thank you very much to your and your team.”