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    Source: TorrentFreak Original Author: Ernesto Post Date: December 16, 2016 Link in TorrentFreak: KickassTorrents Brought Back to Life by Original Staffers

    A large group of original KickassTorrent staffers has launched a reincarnation of the infamous torrent site, hoping to restore it to its former glory. The new site uses a fresh and secure database, but the look and feel of the platform remains the same.


    A few months ago a criminal investegation by the U.S. Government brought down KickassTorrents, the largest torrent site at the time.

    As a result, millions of people were left without their favorite torrent site. This included a very active community of admins, moderators and forum members.

    Shortly after the shutdown, several KAT-crew members regrouped in an effort to get the community part of the site back up. They launched the Katcr.co forum as their new home and hinted that torrents could come back too, in the future.

    Today is the big day as Katcr.co (KATcr) has now launched a fully operational torrent site, which looks identical to its predecessor. The site starts with a clean user database but many members of the original staff are on board.

    “The majority of our original Staff, Admins and Moderation team joined us after Kat.cr went down – which is something we’re very proud of. This shows the loyalty, dedication and real love for KAT that we all share,” The KATcr team told TorrentFreak.

    At the original KAT, site administrators and crew were clearly separated from those who technically and financially ran the place. This means that the people in charge of KATcr didn’t have access to the original code and data.

    Still, they managed to put together bits and pieces to make it look identical, so former KAT users should feel right at home.

    The new Katcr.co


    Perhaps just as importantly, many of the site’s renowned uploaders are also back. As a result, the site will be populated with a lot of fresh content right from the start.

    “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,” the KATcr crew says.

    Uploading to KATcr


    Putting everything together took quite a bit of time, but the team wanted to make sure that everything is secure, which they are confident is the case now.

    “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,” the KATcr crew told us.

    While some might see it as a bold move to relaunch a site whose alleged operators are still wanted by the U.S. Government, the current staff sees no major legal issues ahead.

    They point out that the site has a proper DMCA takedown procedure, just like YouTube, adding that they don’t store any copyrighted material on the site’s servers.

    “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,” they note.

    In a similar vein, the KATcr crew believes that the original operators of the site will walk free.

    “We strongly believe the investigation carried out by Homeland Security and the IRS is unlawful in basis, targeting a foreign citizen and prosecuting them under US law. We have every confidence in the outcome of the pending legal action,” they say.

    Over the past months, many KAT copies and mirrors emerged claiming to be the real reincarnation. In reality, the original site is still gone, but with many old staffers and uploaders onboard, KATcr might have some legs.
    Last edited by brightsm; December 16, 2016, 06:32 AM.
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  • #2
    I like it's back for all the non private plebs, but I hate when people who weren't the original developers completely rip off their assets and use thier name to gain ad mioney

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    • #3
      Still looking into it, but think they moved to [ kickass.cd ] now. Trying to find out what is real and what isn't = but wanted to share in case someone else knows more. Thanks!

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      • #4
        Seem to be plenty of great torrents here but for me I am having trouble signing up, the site is sluggish and the DNS is spotty..

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        • #5
          sad they were not able to get the old database back though

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          • #6
            Has anyone spent time on the new KAT yet? Is it legit? It reminds me of when Demonoid went down and came back - never was the same demonoid and it still feels like a Bizarro world version of itself.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MBR View Post
              Has anyone spent time on the new KAT yet? Is it legit? It reminds me of when Demonoid went down and came back - never was the same demonoid and it still feels like a Bizarro world version of itself.
              Hi, yes the "new" Demonoid was rubbish; I miss KAT as well, it was in the news the other day: KickAss Torrents is BACK, and its biggest movie rip group has returned too | Tech | Life & Style | Daily Express
              I tend to use RuTorrent for general stuff these days...
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