Kickass.to 2014 BitTorrent Portals

Kickass.to – Several locations.  This website  facilitates the distribution of infringing copies of movies, TV shows, music files, apps, videogames and books.  The site claims to provide access to 10,000 torrents for each of the preceding file categories.  Nearly every movie torrent is described in terms that, by definition, denote infringement (e.g., BRRip, CAM, DVDrip, DVDScr, TS). The site has steadily  increased in popularity since 2009.  Kickass.to has a global Alexa rank of 73, and a U.S. rank of 97.  Originally known as Kickasstorrents.com, the website  transitioned to a new domain,  Kat.ph, weeks  after the  U.S. Department of  Homeland Security  seized several domains associated with motion picture piracy in 2011. In 2013, following a temporary domain seizure by  the Philippines government, the  site  switched  to the domain Ka.tt, which was soon thereafter deactivated by the  ccTLD  registrar  for violating  the copyright infringement terms of service.  The domain then transitioned again to Kickass.to.  The site monetizes its illegal conduct by selling advertising space  throughout the site, including adjacent  to posts of torrents relating to infringing content.  Kickass.to and Kat.ph  have been the subject of blocking orders in the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and Malaysia.   Kickass.to  had  49,787,252 unique visitors in August 2014  according  to comScore World Wide data.  The site  is  simultaneously hosted  in different locations around the world by the following companies: Netelligent Hosting  in Canada, Online SAS in France, Dediserv in Germany, SoloGigabit in Spain, Voxility in Romania, SoftLayer in Singapore, Black Lotus Communications in Brazil, Sweden Dedicated/Portlane  in Sweden, and RN Data in Latvia.  Other related websites include Kat.sx, Kat.tw, and Kastatic.com.   

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