These days, torrent sites “come and go”, but those with authority and dedicated users have the opportunity to come back, depending on the team behind it. One of the biggest torrent sites that disappeared in 2016 was KickassTorrents, but that does not mean it's gone for good. Chances are very high that it will return under a new brand which keeps the roots of the same name.
The new torrent site will be launched, most likely, after the former administrator Artem Vaulin will be released on bail in February 2017. He could re-launch the old KickassTorrents as KAT.cr.
Vaulin was arrested in July 2016 and was convicted of copyright infringement among others. Quickly, other sites have tried to replace KickassTorrents, but things were not the same in the torrent community.
After several unsuccessful attempts to crack the case, Vaulin's lawyers found a new loophole, arguing that KickassTorrents operated as a search engine that indexed torrents and that its operations were not illegal, given that the website In itself did not infringe copyright. The defense also showed that in the US, streaming is not a felony, and sharing torrents that have no copyright it is not illegal.
At the moment, the court rejected the request for bail and Vaulin remains incarcerated in Poland by mid-February.
Report from Yibada, shows that Kat.cr is ready to return to the torrent scene in February 2017. Most likely, the site will become active after Vaulin's defense manage to prove that KickassTorrents did not violate the law.