The alleged owner of KickassTorrents has enlisted the services of Ira Rothken, the lawyer who handled the defence of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, TorrentFreak reported.
Artem Vaulin of the Ukraine was recently linked to KickassTorrents and arrested in Poland.
He was charged with copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Following Vaulin’s arrest, KickassTorrents was shut down.
“We believe the US criminal complaint lacks merit,” Rothken told TorrentFreak. “Torrent sites and trackers are devoid of any content files.”
Rothken said this type of copyright theory is known as secondary copyright infringement, and there is no United States criminal statute for secondary copyright infringement.
“That type of theory is at most a civil liability issue.”