Future of Piracy after Kickass torrents Shutdown

One of the biggest torrents site, KAT, goes down last month and many of its cloned sites and sub-domain owned and operated by KAT Team) are also seized by US Law and Justice Department. After the huge crackdown on illegal torrent sites, many people are thinking that our new generation will be free from piracy, there will be no concepts of pirated stuff over internet and no Copyright law violation would be seen in coming decades.Well if you are among those who think that way, think again.

When any of the popular torrent sites goes down, its clones emerge swiftly. Few of them even release their database on internet containing thousands of torrent files. These databases can be used by anyone to build his own torrent site like Kickasstorrents or the Piratebay. So would you think that the future of torrenting is dark?  Just think again.

Remember that Kickass torrent is not the only torrent site that is seized by law enforcement agencies of USA but there are many other as well. A recent example was the closure of the Piratebay which faces the crackdown due to distribution of Copyrighted material. The site comes back however after removal of specified pirated stuff.In the earlier years, there was a popular torrent website, the SuperNova, far most popular than KAT and the PirateBay together which faces legal allegation and shutdown. Soon after its closure and when their domain seized, NewNova emerges as rebirth of Super Nova and got popular.Demonoid case is not much different, when it was tracked by legal authorities;they stop their operations and goes offline. Sharp after its closure, The Pirate Bay sprouts quickly to become the most popular torrenting site of the era. But TPB also faces closure after legal allegations. In the absence of Piratebay, IsoHaunt, TorrentSpy and Kickass torrent evolve and gain popularity. This process didn’t seem to stop in future and probably there will be a team or group of developers working on a new torrent project like KAT or TPB.

Look at the data shared by CISCO VNI which shows that the trend is growing up and more and more people are looking for free resources like movies, softwares, books and music. Reviewing this data, it is clearly predicted that future of piracy is yet to come.

Torrents Piracy Data

The above stated data is published by Cisco Visual Networking Index, one of the most reputed networking companies in the world. The targeted population and location is the North America internet users. Now let us interpret the figures and values given year wise in the image.

In 2008, there were 555 PBs of pirated stuff per month were shared and downloaded over internet from different sources, Kickasstorrents and The PirateBay was 2 of them.

1 PBs (Petabyte) is equals 1000 Terabytes (TBs) or 1 Million Gigabytes (GBs). 1 PBs is roughly equals to 1.6 million CDs

. Remember that 2008 was there year when KAT came into existence.The numbers goes up each year and in 2014, the online piracy reaches to797 PBs per month. This is 44% increase in the amount as compared to 2008. In the year 2016, the amount of data roughly touches 1000 PBs and the company forecast methodology predicts that there will be 1024 PBs of data sharing over torrent sites in 2019. Well that is really huge figure and this is only 5% of the total world.The number is really alarming and Law enforcement agencies and US Department of Justice need to tackle this trend with strict policies. Otherwise there will be no protection of copyrighted stuff like movies, books and softwares.


  1. Wow the evolution is amazing and scary 🙂
    I think it’s difficult to stop people from using torrents and thus violating local law. On the other side, artists need to get money from their work in order to survive. It’s a complicated issues but I don’t want to miss torrents.

  2. Kickass was the only website I used. Alas! its dead now.

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