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Italy web pirates say 'arrivederci' to kickasstorrents.com

File-sharing site blocked

Italy web pirates say 'arrivederci' to kickasstorrents.com

(ANSA) - Cagliari, August 1 - Italian police on Wednesday confirmed that online file-sharing site kickasstorrents.com is no longer accessible to web users in Italy. Authorities blocked access to the site on May 23 following the orders of prosecutors in Cagliari, Sardinia, who ordered to block the site because of the vast amount of pirated material that was available on it. Investigators said that the site was "one of the most fortified digital platforms for piracy to take over the market share left open after the forced shutdown of btjunkie". Access to the site is now impossible from Italy and attempts to reach it dropped by 65% after the blocking order as Italian internet service providers immediately complied with the orders, police said. Kickasstorrents, better known as "Kat" by web surfers, is estimated to have generated up to $8.5 million in annual revenues through hosting banner ads.

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