The official KissAnime streaming website has been taken down, but millions of people around the world are now left wondering why, and why now?
Whether it be movies, television or sports, streaming content online through illegal ‘loophole’ websites is and always will be an issue on the internet.
Today, the news that one of the biggest and most well-known of these loophole websites, KissAnime, had been taken down is spreading online.
However, many people around the world are now wondering why KissAnime has been taken after nearly a decade on the internet.
Has KissAnime been taken down?
- The official KissAnime website has been taken down from servers and is now inaccessible for users.
According to the r/KissAnime subreddit, the website was taken down at some time between 10 and 10: 20 PM last night, August 14.
At 10: 50 PM, the KissAnime support team posted to their discord saying that: “KissManga and KissAnime will be closed forever. Thank you for your supports ☹ Thank you for those years.”
NOTE: Do not attempt to use any other ‘KissAnime’ websites, most are phishing and can not be trusted to not infect your device – especially now following the collapse of the real site.
Why has KissAnime been taken down?
- KissAnime has been taken down because all of their files have been removed by the copyright owners.
The issue of legality has always been an issue for the KissAnime and broader streaming community, and it seems like the issue has finally caught up to the site.
“The author is not responsible for any contents linked or referred to from his pages – If any damage occurs by the use of information presented there, only the author of the respective pages might be liable, not the one who has linked to these pages. KissAnime doesn’t host any content.” – KissAnime DMCA Page.
This is essentially jargon and as one Quora user points out: “Technically it’s not illegal to redistribute content [especially in the country hosting the site], and since it’s a loophole, you can’t do sh*t about it.”
Well after years of being the go-to streaming service for millions of people around the world, it looks like this ‘loophole’ has finally been closed.
Will the website ever return?
- It is highly unlikely that KissAnime will ever return and there are a host of fake websites claiming to be the new official domain.
Please do not attempt to visit these sites or share the hyperlinks on social media. The vast majority of these websites are ‘phishing’ and put your device at risk of being infected with malicious software.
It looks like this is the end for the famous website, but we will update you if more information on this removal is revealed.
In the meantime, if you do want to watch anime content online, just buy a subscription to sites like Crunchyroll or Funimation. It’s not expensive anymore and it legally supports the creators and distributors.