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Kickass Torrent users are being sent warning emails about illegal downloads
UK Internet Service Providers, ISPs, are preparing to send-out warning letters to subscribers whose accounts have been used to download copyrighted material from torrent sites.
The emails are part of a new campaign called Get It Right.
The campaign has a new website that provides answers to some of the most asked questions about torrents, peer-to-peer sharing, and copyright material.
In an effort to lower piracy rates across the UK, leading Internet service providers will send out emails from the Get It Right campaign to those who have download copyrighted material online. The email cautions subscribers they have 20 days to stop downloading copyrighted material using peer-to-peer websites.
REVEALED: Most torrented shows on Pirate bay and Kickass Torrents
Thu, January 19, 2017
THESE are the top 10 shows that have been illegally downloaded the most on torrent site such as the Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents
1 of 10
NUMBER 10: The Grand Tour is number 10 in the most downloaded shows
Should your Internet service provider detect more illegal activity from your IP address during the 20 day grace period – another educational email from the Get It Right campaign will be sent.
A similar campaign in the United States only offers torrent site users seven-days to comply.
According to the campaign website, "The Get it Right Educational Email programme is designed to educate consumers about what’s happening on their Internet Service Provider (ISP) account.
"The programme is to help to make sure they, or people that use their connection, are not infringing copyright and to direct them to sources where they get the content they want from genuine sites and services."
BT, NowTV, PlusNet, Sky, Talk-Talk and Virgin Media are all signed-up to the Get It Right campaign.
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Carrie Fletcher highlights the importance of copyright for the Get It Right campaign
"Copyright owners are monitoring peer-to-peer (file-sharing) networks to identify instances where their content is uploaded and shared without permission," the Get It Right campaign says.
"You may receive periodic Educational Email alerts whenever content owners detect new copyright infringement activity through peer-to-peer networks, and the IP address associated with such activity is confirmed by your ISP to be associated with your account.
"After an Educational Email has been sent, there is a 20 day grace period during which time you will not receive any further emails.
"However, if further copyright infringement activity occurs and is detected after the 20 day grace period, you may receive another email from your ISP.
"If no further infringements occur and are detected and verified to be associated with your account, you will receive no more Educational Emails.
"Furthermore, all data related to this and to previous Educational Emails will be deleted after 12 months."
The team behind the original site as pretty confident the new version of the site is here to stay
The news comes as the original team behind KickAssTorrents returned and and brought back the defunct torrent repository following its shutdown by US law enforcement.
Unfortunately, new figures show that the website may have been unsuccessful in recapturing its former popularity.
Since KickAssTorrents, Torrentz, TorrentHound, and others, were closed last year – The Pirate Bay has seen a surge in popularity.
According to Tech Times, the infamous nautical-themed torrent site is now the most popular online.
The Pirate Bay did not see a dip in traffic following the relaunch of KickAssTorrents – it saw growth.
According to Alexa Rankings, KAT has seen a surge in popularity – but not enough to be number one
As torrent sites grew in popularity, UK internet users were cautioned they would receive piracy emails.
According to figures from Alexa, The Pirate Bay, which was ranked as the 120th most popular site worldwide on Dec 29th 2016, is now placed at 108th.
Meanwhile, Torrentz2 moved from 431st to 400th, Rarbg leapt from 288th to 279th, and 1337x moved up from 826th to 814th.
In fact, the only torrent repository to see a drop since the return of KickAss Torrents, or KAT, was ExtraTorrent which dipped from 240th to 260th.
The relaunched KAT, now dubbed KATcr, hopes to avoid the problems that lead to the shutdown of the original site.
Although it is identical to its predecessor in appearance, the newly revamped site ships with a clean user database and a redesigned DMCA takedown procedure, TorrentFreak claims.
The DMCA takedown procedure on KATcr is similar to those used on websites like YouTube, which claim the site itself does not store any copyrighted material on their servers.
The new website also contains a link to the music video for Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up – a wink from the creators, hinting that this time they are here to stay.