Being a 'casual' is not an excuse to be ignorant or bad at the game, so please quit associating one with the other.
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age"
I'm also getting my downloads sorted because I don't want to put it in a position where I'm keeping the computer own for overnight downloading and also, I do not know about download speeds/restrictions at the university I am heading to.
To OP, where ya going to uni? I'm off to Napier in Edinburgh
Thats one of the things i love from mah country... none gives a fuck what you do on internet!
well unless you life-threat president's son over facebook
why would it be illegal? youre not selling or renting it away.
you could have easily recorded it on tv and then watched it on your computer, imo its the totally same thing.
Who cares. Going 65 in a 60 is illegal too, and I also don't care about that.
Yes, in theory downloading TV show is illegal.
But compared to movies for example, it's not really tracked or pursued because the legislation is so different all over the world.
While I've heard of people getting in trouble for downloading films, I haven't ever heard anything of the like about TV shows. I'm pretty sure that it's "tolerated".
Isn't it illegal to share but is not illegal to actually download them? So technically you can get around the piracy law by saying that you do in fact download them, but you aren't breaking the law because you aren't sharing them.
it is NOT illegal in a lot of countries, it's illegal to pass on, i.e upload material, which you automatically do through the use of torrents but not usenet.
but they're changing the laws as we speak, so meh.
At my university they crack down big time on torrents and p2p downloading, however, there are ways to get around it.
The best and most legal option is to buy a slingbox. They're slightly expensive, but if you really want to watch your own TV in a location that is not your home, it's the best option. The less legal option is to remotely access a PC at home, download the torrent there and do a direct transfer to the one at school.
Nowhere in the bible does it say that Jesus isn't a raptor
if you are downloading from an autorized source such as HULU, Netflix, or etc yes it is perfectly legal
If something is freely broadcast over the air with no payment required, then I cannot see how downloading it is illegal.
However - uploading it may infringe on copyrights, and selling it would definitely be illegal.
To me - it can only be illegal if you have deprived them of something, e.g. not paying to see it etc.. otherwise, if there is no harm done to the company apart from wounded egos, then it isn't.
When going to university (or any time really), I would HIGHLY suggest using a Usenet service instead of a torrent for downloading anything. Downloading using Usenet will appear from the ISP/University's POV that you are downloading news articles. Plus, these use the most popular TCP ports, like 80, which the University really "can't" throttle or block. I suggest using SABnzbd to manage the downloads, a search engine like binsearch.info to find the NZB files, and any Usenet service provider (there are many available for around $7-$10 US / month). Though this isn't completely free, I get 1,500 MB/s download speeds and I am not required to upload a single byte to anyone else.