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post #21 of 41
There aren't really any issues, especially if you're using it for legal downloads of games, patches, linux etc.

Even if you aren't then just stick to a private tracker and you'll generally be fine. Unless the original file has a virus in its unlikely you'll get one.
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Isn't peer block rather useless if you're behind a router, though?
post #23 of 41
On a good site, the community will judge the torrent file safe or unsafe.

Just check the comments and see if anyone has had issues with it, if there's no comments at all then best avoid it.

Torrents are peer to peer, if you find it's safe to share data with these people, then you should feel safe with their verdict on whether a file or release is safe to download.
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post #24 of 41
If you follow a few rules of torrenting, you wont get problems.

1) Almost never should you download torrents from items you have googled. Saddly torrent related items almost always have malware that are in the top 5 google searches.
2) Use known trackers that support comments! These are very very important and you should ALWAYS read atleast a bit from the comments, usually you can get an idea whats the deal of the torrent from the torrent (of course i am talking about downloading demo's )
3) Try to download only the necessary files. Download the .avi's for trailers and maybe sub files. For Demo's download iso files and .nfo's. DON'T download useless crap. Those are the files that often have crap inside of them.
post #25 of 41
I switched to Newsgroups last year after hearing rumours in the UK that the government is tracking down everyone who downloads illegal torrents and putting them on a list and when they get that law passed (can't remember the specifics) they were going to clamp down on it hard.

This fits with a lot of 'strange' trackers and happenings using torrents over the last year and it just made me a bit on edge, I was downloading 200gb a month, and people have been nicked for it in the past, mainly for distribution but still.

Get something secure if I were you, God knows what's going on or being cooked up to catch us out. Downloaders like ourselves have been getting the good stuff for very little, for years now.

I personally wouldn't mind paying if prices were fair, the service was fair and line speeds were upped to download the file quickly and directly. Steam is good and I use it, but I get a better connection using Astraweb, and we all know what it's like. We want it as quickly as possible.

The music and film industry need to get with the times now, gone are the days of charging stupid amounts for a hard copy and having to download files that are so protected you can't do anything with. The gaming industry will lead the way as is already doing now. They complain because they are losing out, if they were out to suit the consumer and not themselves piracy would be very little.

For the record I have had no involvement with piracy or illegal downloads. Just sharing an opinion.
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post #26 of 41
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Originally Posted by narmour View Post
I switched to Newsgroups last year after hearing rumours in the UK that the government is tracking down everyone who downloads illegal torrents and putting them on a list and when they get that law passed (can't remember the specifics) they were going to clamp down on it hard.
Haha, what!? They couldn't even prosecute the owner of Oink. Methinks a giant list of pirates is somewhat myth.
post #27 of 41
and thus another reason why im thankful to be living in the land of beavers and igloos.
post #28 of 41
ISP dont care what you are downloading, at all...
not even if they got pushed by those multimilionare companies ..
few years back, irish company Eircom, got sued because their user were downloading music over torrents ilegally... And what eircom did.. for 2-3 months they were controlling user for downloads, and after that they gave up... why?? cause those companies are making profits even from guys who are downloading ilegal music... so think about that...
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post #29 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Erper View Post
ISP dont care what you are downloading, at all...
not even if they got pushed by those multimilionare companies ..
few years back, irish company Eircom, got sued because their user were downloading music over torrents ilegally... And what eircom did.. for 2-3 months they were controlling user for downloads, and after that they gave up... why?? cause those companies are making profits even from guys who are downloading ilegal music... so think about that...
Actually Eircom (which is Irelands largest ISP and is the only choice of ISP in some area's) completely blocked piratebay and various other torrent sites.

Anyone trying to access the sites see this:

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ACCESS TO THIS IP ADDRESS RELATING TO THE PIRATE BAY WEBSITE HAS BEEN BLOCKED

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WHY?

On the 24 July 2009, an Order was made by the High Court requiring eircom to block or otherwise disable access by its subscribers to the website thePirateBay.org, its related domain names, IP addresses and URLs. The Court was satisfied that on the basis of the evidence presented by the record companies that the PirateBay website is a website that facilitates the exchange of copyrighted sound recordings without the consent of the copyright owners.

eircom recognises the legitimate rights of the owners of copyrighted material and believes that individuals who share or download copyrighted material without the authorisation or the permission of the copyright owner are acting illegally.

The Order further provides that should the PirateBay website content be legitimatised in the future, then eircom has liberty to apply to the Court to have the Order vacated and access to the PirateBay website enabled.

eircom in compliance with the Order has agreed that access to the website the PirateBay.org, its related domain names, IP addresses and URLs from the eircom network will be blocked indefinitely from the 1st September 2009.

eircom would like to reassure customers that:
  • eircom will not monitor customer’s activities at any stage, nor will it place any monitoring equipment or software on its network in order to facilitate this block.
  • eircom will not provide personal details or any information relating to customers to any third party, including the record companies.

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Other operator customers:

If you are a customer with another operator please contact your operator directly regarding this message.

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LEGAL DOWNLOADING:

There is an abundance of other websites that provide content without infringing the rights of copyright holders. For a list of some of those sites please look here.

eircom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the four major labels and is in discussions with them to develop an innovative new music service for eircom and non-eircom customers. This new music service is expected to launch in the next few months

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FURTHER QUESTIONS

If you have questions or concerns that you would like to discuss please contact eircom broadband support on 1890 260 260.

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eircom Limited. Private Company Limited by Shares. Registered in Dublin. Registration Number 98789.
Registered Office
1 Heuston South Quarter, St. John's Road, Dublin 8.
© 2009 eircom. All rights reserved.
You can still access sites like piratebay by using proxies though.
Edited by amorph - 2/20/11 at 8:23am
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post #30 of 41
ok, noone is using piratebay anymore...most of guys are going for private torrents
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