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4:56 pm on Jul 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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are torrents illegal? and should I trust sites that have them?
5:37 pm on July 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Not all torrents are illegal, but MOST (almost all) are. Can you trust sites that have them? Some of them are trustworthy, however, the torrents that you are downloading are NOT trustworthy at all. If I were you, I wouldn't be downloading torrents...
8:31 pm on July 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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there are torrent sites dedicated to trading live music, usually in the jam band genre

these sites are trustworthy because all the traders have been trading music long before torrents were invented, or even before the internet became common

the bands involved even encourage it and allow the taping at their shows

8:46 pm on July 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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are torrents illegal?

Torrents are a mechanism for identifying and error-checking content you can download, they can never be illegal.

Depending on where you live and the laws on the books there, you could download content that is "illegal".

6:05 pm on July 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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so the torrents are like limewire its not a good idea to download music because the artiest dont like that but its not illegal because people are just sharing music.
6:19 pm on July 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Torrents are a mechanism for distributing content, similar to file sharing networks. Distributing illegal content is against the law regardless of the mechanism used. The exact legal implications depend on a large variety of factors, not least local laws. IANAL of course ;)
7:52 pm on July 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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As an addendum...

IANAL as well, but as a general rule, if you can get content without paying for it in any way, but the person that made the content charges for it (and did not sanction the free method of distribution), it's probably illegal.

Torrents are just another method of copying files, with some distinct advantages over normal systems--scalability comes to mind, since as more people start torrenting the file, the speed at which everyone can download increases. They're not illegal in and of themselves, though they're often used for illegal purposes.

Ownership of it is legal, and used properly can be a great thing, but many (most?) of the ways people use it are illegal.

In general, just follow the rule "don't steal". If you follow this, torrents are a perfectly logical and reasonable way to download content.

[edited by: WesleyC at 7:53 pm (utc) on July 21, 2008]

[edited by: lawman at 4:27 pm (utc) on July 22, 2008]

6:19 am on July 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The sites themselves have been shut down for encouraging piracy and/or conspiracy. This is really a grey area because the sites themselves aren't actually hosting the content. The ones that are left have all moved to more friendly countries.

[edited by: lawman at 4:27 pm (utc) on July 22, 2008]

4:28 pm on July 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Please stay on topic.
12:11 pm on July 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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are torrents illegal? and should I trust sites that have them?

The BBC iPlayer (UK) uses torrents to distribute its content.

4:14 pm on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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my friends sometimes download torrents for music and sometimes they get spyware and viruses is that the fault of the site or the person who uploaded it.
5:19 pm on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Ignoring the fact that spyware and virii can came from anywhere, even just through not having a firewall or not patching your system...

It's quite difficult to tell. If the site is dodgy you can get spyware or a virus from it. If the torrented files are dodgy, you can get spyware or a virus from them. Torrents require a fair amount of trust to work--if you don't trust the site providing you with the torrent file, OR you don't trust the person that created the torrent, don't download it. It's pretty much as simple as that.

Also, I highly recommend running absolutely everything downloaded through torrents through a virus scanner. Think of a torrent as a neighborhood--just because you trust the neighbors doesn't mean you won't lock your door.

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In the US they are not (for copyright material), in some countries like Sweden they are legal.
 

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