Here’s everything you need to know about torrents.
Torrents are getting more and more popular by the day. With the amount of content available for download on the internet, it can be said that almost every internet user will come into contact with this file format. You may be wondering how such a single, small torrent file can hold such an enormous amount of data. Movies, games, documents, music and much more have their torrents. With that in mind, here are some basic guidelines regarding torrents, and using them will either be in the moral gray area or not:
What are torrents?
Torrent is a file transfer system mainly used for transferring a large amount of data. Rather than downloading files directly from a server, they are downloaded from other users’ devices. The users can also upload the torrent file for others to download by ‘seeding’ it.
Who Made Torrent Systems
Bram Cohen and Ashwin Navin, two Americans, founded Rainberry Systems. The company is known today as BitTorrent. They were the creators of the torrent file-sharing network and even provided software for people to use.
How does torrenting work?
Torrenting is a peer-to-peer (p2p) file exchange format. Very simple, one simply downloads the files from another local machine. This ensures that downloads are faster and more efficient. After downloading, BitTorrent will automatically seed your download for others to use if needed.
Why is torrenting considered illegal?
Torrenting is not illegal. Nor is it piracy. Torrenting is simply a way of transferring data. You can torrent your personal projects from one computer to another. This is not a violation of piracy laws.
Downloading unapproved copyright material is. If you download a copyrighted movie, you are infringing the rights of that studio. That is illegal. Video game torrenting is also illegal as all art and code in the game requires one to purchase it.
Popular torrent software
Some popular torrent clients are BitTorrent and μTorrent. Both are very fast and are used by everyone for torrent downloads. BitTorrent is a bit resource-heavy as it has more features such as streaming torrents directly. However, for download only, μTorrent is better.
When is torrenting legal?
Simply using the torrent client is not illegal. One can use torrents to quickly transfer a large amount of personal data. You may want to transfer all your documents and photos from one PC to another. Here the use of torrents is completely legal and even recommended. If you want to share a video that is under an open license, you can download it via torrents.
When is torrenting illegal?
Torrenting is only illegal if you are downloading illegal content. Many sites remove content and remove privacy policies. This makes torrents useful for transmission as the information cannot be intercepted. Many countries have strict copyright laws. Therefore, you can get into legal trouble for illegal file copying.
Popular websites for downloading Hindi / South Indian movies
The Pirate Bay and other movie websites feature numerous Bollywood and other Indian movies. Sites like ytsHindi and torrentz offer a large number of movies.
There are many websites that pirate Bollywood movies. Some of them are 9xmovies, filmywap, filmyzilla, bolly4u, moviemad provide a majority of the movies. However, it should be noted that there is a higher chance of virus infection by visiting these sites.
South Indian Movies
Many South Indian movies can be found on websites such as TeleguWap, TamilRockerz, TamilYogi etc. However, these websites are fishy again and should not be trusted. These websites can also inject adware into your PC that can harm your computer.
Popular websites for downloading Hollywood movies
Yify and YTS are the most popular sites for downloading high quality English movies. However, it takes a while for the films to appear on the website. Hence, it is better to use a streaming service for immediate access.
Plenty of other Hindi content sites also offer popular English movies and TV series
Pirate Bay is illegal
Yes and no. Simply opening Piratebay is not illegal. In fact, downloading no copyrighted content is not illegal on Pirate Bay either.
The problem occurs when you torrent / download copyrighted material. Games, books and movies fall under this category.
How to torrent safely
If you still want to torrent, it is recommended to use a VPN. Many different types of VPNs are available and you should choose one that is right for you. A VPN just makes you invisible to your internet provider and you can download torrents anonymously.
Read more: Top 5 issues related to VPN data security
Alternatives to torrenting
Streaming is one of the greatest alternatives to torrenting. When streaming, you just have to pay a basic fee and they get access to all the content. This helps the consumer as they don’t have to find torrents through suspicious links that may contain viruses.
You also get quality services and great audio / video. In addition to streaming, you can also buy a movie online via Amazon or Microsoft Store. Then they don’t have to torrent it.
For video games, it is highly recommended to use platforms such as Steam or Epic Games to purchase games. This way you can also support the developer to make more games.
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