Just like the real pirates, these pirate sites work, they are not down for long. On Wednesday (July 20th, 2016), alleged leader of torrent website Kickass Torrents, Artem Vaulin was arrested in Poland and the domains of his website were seized, but as expected, the piracy site is available online again in the form of clone sites.
There are multiple clones of the website available online and Verge reports that it has received an emailed statement from the creators of one such clone, named KAT.am, that says that the site is “hosted on multiple cloud servers to prevent blockade, and the hosting information is well hidden behind Cloudflare.”
The creators further claimed that they have in fact, improved on the original version of the website by adding a mobile version and further went on to say that “will has the complete torrent database of KAT, including the comments, user information intact,” The Verge reports.
In 2014, when piracy site The Pirate Bay was taken down after Swedish police seized website’s servers and computers in Stockholm, people expected piracy to die down soon enough, as at the time, The Pirate Bay was one of the most widely-used torrent websites around the world. However, mirror servers and clone sites were able to ensure that the site never actually died and resurfaced in around two months.