Kickass Torrents Owner Artem Vaulin to be Extradited to the United States?

Artem Vaulin, the Kickass Torrents owner might lose his battle against the United States government over charges of copyright infringement that was slapped on him. The Polish Supreme Court is yet to give its final decision but it is being speculated that the Polish court might reject his appeal and give the decision on his extradition.

Kickass Torrents owner, Artem Vaulin is on the losing side of his battle against the United States government as the Polish Court has paved the way for extradition to the United States on charges of copyright infringement with his popular torrents site, Kickass Torrents, Torrent Freak reported. The charges levied against him include copyright infringement with illegal distribution of movies, money laundering and also criminal indictment. Notably, his website, Kickass Torrents had a net worth of $54 million prior to its permanent closure and functioned in 28 languages.

However, it is worth mentioning that the legalities for extradition in Poland have two stages. And, currently, Artem Vaulin has passed through the first stage only, wherein the Warsaw District Court has ruled that the Kickass Torrents owner be extradited, RP.PL reported. But, it is the second instance that will be decisive and if the same rule is given at that time, the Minister of Justice will issue the final decision.

It is worth mentioning here that it was last year that Artem Vaulin, the owner of the popular torrents website, Kickass Torrents was detained in Poland and charges like US criminal indictment was levied on him. His defense lawyer, Ira Rothken has said that they would be appealing "on the grounds that so-called torrent files cannot constitute a criminal infringement of copyright."

Now, if the appeal from Artem Vaulin is rejected and if the Polish Supreme court repeats its first rule, then Kickass Torrents stand to be extradited to the United States.

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