Torrents are not illegal:If you know how, you can use them to download free movies, music, and books, that are completely 100% legal.
So right about now you’re thinking, But wait, what about the news; Pirate Bay, the MPAA, the “torrents are bad” news story of the week! Everyone says they are illegal.
Torrents are illegal the same way wooden planks are illegal. Sure you can use a wooden plank to cause unwarranted damage to someone’s head, or to set things gloriously on fire, but that is not their only use. You can also use them to build things, like sheds, boats, and even houses.
When it comes to the legality of Torrents and wooden planks, it’s all about how you use them
Are You SURE They Are Not Illegal?
Yes. In fact major world governments have used Torrents before. What is important is what files are actually being offered, and not that they are transferred through Torrent. It is like how carrying around a bag to put purchases in, is fine, but dumping stolen items into it is not.
Sites that offer Torrents are just like anything else online; there are safe areas and not so safe areas. Here are a few things you can keep in mind, to make sure you stay on the right side of copyright law, not to mention the right side of nasty viruses from bad sites.
1. If a lot of extra windows pop open when you visit the site, it often means the site is shady and is only out to make advertising money.
2. If you encounter a lot of “adult” content on the site, this also often indicates the site is not offering legit free and legal Torrents.
3. Any movies, music, games, software, or any other media on the site that is being offered there free, but is also copyrighted and available at a cost somewhere else, usually means the site is illegal. Unfortunately, that free version of the recent blockbuster movie you found, is pirated and not OK to download.
I Downloaded a Torrent- Why Doesn’t It Work?
So you clicked on a Torrent file on a search site, and now Windows is telling you that it doesn’t recognise the file type. It probably gave you a list of programs that it thought might work; If you tried to open it with Microsoft Word, or another text program, you got a long list of drunken hieroglyphic nonsense.
What you need is a Torrent program. Here are a few:
· uTorrent. This is a good client, that even has options to use it remotely from a smart-phone.
· Bit Torrent. The original starter of Torrent technology; Bit Torrent also has additional information about Torrents in general.
· BitLet. This site lets you download a Torrent just like a link, without installing any software.
If you download and install a Torrent program like uTorrent or Bit Torrent, you can then simply open any Torrent you download, and select the Torrent program to open it, and it will download the file you want for you. In the case of Bit Let, just copy and paste the website address where your Torrent is located, into the textbox and click “Download Torrent” on the site, to get the file without even needing a Torrent program at all.
How Do Torrents Work?
A Torrent is merely a file that ends in the extension .torrent. It is a way of downloading files from lots of other people at once. In a way, Torrents are like links: They link you directly to where the file you want is being offered by others.
When downloading a Torrent, you will notice two terms at the top of the program or Torrent site; These are “Seeder” and “Peer.” Depending on the site, these might be shortened to “S” and “P.” A Seeder is someone with the full file you are downloading, who is sharing it with others. This is either whoever uploaded the file in the first place, or someone who has finished downloading and is helping everyone else out. If there are no seeds for a Torrent, the chances of you getting the complete file are zero.
Torrents tend to be much faster than a straight file download, since everyone is sharing different pieces of the same file, in a way that is much more efficient than one-to-one downloading.
But – There ARE No Free and Legal Torrent Sites!
It is true that there are certainly a lot more illicit sites than legal ones, but legit sites do exist. Many creators will upload their movies or music to a Torrent on purpose, to get free advertising. Here are a few sites you can use that are safe:
Legit Torrents: Search movie and game Torrents uploaded by creators, as well as more basic shareware Torrents for popular free programs like browsers and converters.
Clear Bits: This site has material that is licensed under “Creative Commons” so it is all free to distribute and use. There are movies, music, graphic novels, and more. Many creators go here to get material that they can use in their own projects.
Public Domain Torrents: Browse this site’s archive of free movies in the public domain. Many of the movies are described as “classic” or “B-movies.” You can also browse by category such as “Horror” or “Family,” although there is no search function.
There are actually plenty of Torrents out there that are free and legal: As long as you are careful about which ones you download, you shouldn’t have any problems. Not only will you be getting free content, but you will also be helping out an independent creator. If you like their work, then spreading this to your friends will be more than payment enough.