Advice Request Do I Really Need a VPN for Torrenting?

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CyberTech

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If you’re in a country where there’s a torrenting ban in place, using a VPN to download files over BitTorrent is an absolute must. Elsewhere, though, torrenting without a VPN is less of an issue.

If you’re a torrenter, you probably have heard the many warnings about needing to use a VPN while using BitTorrent to download files. Do you really need to heed these warnings, though, and can you maybe torrent without a VPN?

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I've stopped using VPN years ago. My country has no torrent control and I believe in security not privacy.
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Well as it said in the article, if your country's piracy laws aren't that strict, it isn't really necessary. The function of a VPN is basically to avoid revealing your location to the government in case they managed to track down.
 
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\rdssseI have a very unusual opinion: You should follow the laws of your home country, then you don't have to hide behind a VPN.
The problem with this kind of opinion is that laws and policing are usually introduced to protect the rich (in this case music/movie/games industry) and protect the money. Ask yourself who torrents? Poor people, young people and students don't have the money to buy digital or physical media. It's about policing the poor and doing favours for the big media companies and helping them keep their huge profits and keep their walled gardens. Most people who torrent would love to buy official physical/digital games/music/software, but they just don't have the means to do so.
 

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Full article and some more information on
It depends on what you are torrenting and who you are torrenting from.

When in doubt, use a trusted no-log VPN that allows torrenting, or you may end up getting some warnings from your ISP and / or loss of internet service and / or:



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The problem with this kind of opinion is that laws and policing are usually introduced to protect the rich (in this case music/movie/games industry) and protect the money. Ask yourself who torrents? Poor people, young people and students don't have the money to buy digital or physical media. It's about policing the poor and doing favours for the big media companies and helping them keep their huge profits and keep their walled gardens. Most people who torrent would love to buy official physical/digital games/music/software, but they just don't have the means to do so.
There is no human right to cheap use of music, films, etc. . According to your legal opinion, I can steal a car if I don't earn enough to be able to buy it. The right is indivisible.
 

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There is no human right, yet society tolerates piracy because it is not a serious crime in most countries. Because the main group of people torrenting are the poor, students or young people the punishment for getting caught is a stern letter. Crimes effecting intellectual property are given less punishment in society than crimes directly affecting people for good reason. And you should know poverty/socio-economic status is a huge driver of crime in society, in fact it's one of the main contributors to crime.
 

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