Is uTorrent safe and legal ?

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The debate, whether uTorrent is legal or not is one of the oldest online debate because many users are still not sure about the usage of torrent clients like uTorrent. If you look at uTorrent as a software, then it is 100% legal to use this software on your computer but the problem occurred when we talk about the torrent downloading through uTorrent.

Download and uploading torrent is not illegal in any part of the world as long as you are downloading and uploading the content which has been uploaded on torrent with the permission of the owner or the owner allow general public to download his content for free through torrent. So, in short, if you are using uTorrent to download legal content, then it is safe and legal to download but the problem occurred when you download the content which is available only if you pay for it. The type of these content includes, movies, music, applications, software, games and eBooks etc.

Understand the torrent privacy:

To understand whether uTorrent is legal or illegal, we first need to get some understanding about online torrent privacy and why you need to concern about it. If you understand the term online privacy, then understanding torrent privacy is easy for you. When you surf a website or do any online activity, there are number of operators who are looking at your online activities. These operators or users includes the owner of website where you have visit (they do it through cookies files), the internet service provider and the government who take your online logs from the telecom companies whenever they want. So, if you want to stay safe online, then you need to bypass these people to stop looking at your online activities and this could be done with the help of online proxy and VPN services.

Just like your other online activities, your torrent activities has been recorded but when you download this torrent through uTorrent or any other torrent client, then the client also get involved to store the history of your torrent related activities. This means that your torrent privacy is not safe at all and uTorrent can expose your torrent activity logs if it is required by government or telecom company who internet you are using.

You don’t need to be worried about your torrent privacy as long as you are downloading and uploading something which is legal to download and there is no copyright issue involved. But frankly speaking, people use uTorrent clients to download illegal stuff for free, which can be only access by paying money to the owner. So, it is not really safe and legal to use uTorrent to download torrent and you could face legal problem in future because uTorrent is storing the logs of your torrent related activities which includes that which files you have downloaded at which time and from which public and private torrent website etc.

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What is legal and what is illegal torrent?

As mentioned above, downloading legal content is safe with uTorrent but mostly users use uTorrent to download illegal content. So, it is very important to understand the different between them. Legal torrent is one which has been uploaded by the original owner of the torrent file or he/she allowed other people use his content without his permission and give it to other as well. You could not face any issue to download legal content as the owner will never report against you.

Illegal torrents are those which are available to download without the permission of owner. Usually these are premium content which is available to get only in exchange of money. The examples of illegal torrent file includes movies, songs, music files, Ebooks, games and software etc. Initially, you may not face any issue if you are downloading them with uTorrent but when owner has come to know about it, he can fired a case against you and other users who has used his content for free without his permission. The owner know about it through uTorrent client which save the activities of their users. The companies pay uTorrent money to get the access of users online activities related to torrent files. So, you need to be careful when you are downloading a torrent file which is legally not allowed by the owner to download or use without his permission

VPN is solution to use uTorrent safe:

VPN is the only way through which you can bypass your torrent related privacy. This could be done by purchase a VPN account from a reliable company who allow their users to download torrents while they do not keep the logs of their users online activities.

VPN stands for virtual private network. When you surf internet through VPN, you have been assigned with a new identity, a identity which could be trace back to the original user. It is up to you to decide that which country’s IP address you want to use to surf internet. To download torrent, it is highly recommended to use a country where it is legal to download any type of torrent files or there is no online privacy related law exist.

VPN are usually famous for online browsing because there are very limited VPN companies who allow their users to download torrents. This is the reason why it is hard to found a reliable VPN company who allow torrent downloading while you cannot randomly choose a torrent VPN company on the bases of features.  There are number of other things count like internet speed, customer support experience, features and prices etc.

ExpressVPN is a highly recommended torrent VPN which allow their users to download torrents and also P2P file sharing networks. Their policy regarding to user logs are very clear. They do not store or save any user activity while when you use ExpressVPN with uTorrent, uTorrent also failed to trace your original identity even if they are still storing or tracing your torrent privacy because they will never ever found your original identity with a fake IP address.

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Last modified on: Jul 15, 2017 @ 3:39 am

2 thoughts on “Is uTorrent safe and legal?”

  1. Hello there,
    Thank you very much for the info! I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to copy right laws. Is it legal to use Torrent for content that is available on YouTube? There are several audiobooks on youtube I would like to download. Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it. 🙂
    J

    1. Hi,
      No it’s not legal to download videos from Youtube and re-upload to Torrent sites .. if you find under the video (License :
      Standard YouTube License) that not available for download and upload to Torrents Sites.

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