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Is the "Kick-Ass" movie torrent legal?

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Lionsgate owns the copyright to the movie "Kick-Ass," according to IMDb. It is illegal in the United States to download copyrighted movies from a peer-to-peer network without the copyright holder's permission, explains the U.S. Copyright Office. Several regions have banned the website Kickass Torrents, notes International Design Times.

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File-sharing sites such as Kickass Torrents provide links to file locations, rather than hosting files, as a way to evade copyright laws. In 2010, the U.S. Justice Department began seizing domain names of sites that engaged in illegal activity, including distributing copyright information, reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Users who share copyrighted material are personally subject to prosecution and fine, explains Copyright.gov. Fines for copyright infringement range from $30,000 to $150,000 per work infringed. A notable file-sharing case is that of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, convicted of willful copyright infringement at a jury trial, who received a fine of $1.92 million, reports Ars Technica.

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