legality of posting links to torrents or hosting torrents?

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is there a legal issue with hosting torrent files ? or is synthasite cool with it?
just wanted to ask before i uploaded any
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ken

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Posted 11 years ago

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Alex

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well some torrents are ilegal and some are not. i would advise not to.
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ken

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are links to torrents ok then?
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ken

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because then i am not actually "Hosting" anything
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UK Duke, Champion

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i think if the file torrent itself is legal you are ok, links would be ok, if the file torrent itself is legal, maybe a staff member will jump in and tell you for sure
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Alex

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well yes thats ok, i think.

(ruth will no more)
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ken

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cool
thnx
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi Ken

Thank you for taking the trouble to ask first.

You have already had some good advice here. If you either host or link to an illegal torrent you run a very real risk of having your site disabled for copyright infringement. SynthaSite is definitely NOT cool with copyright infringement in any way, shape or form.

Please err on the side of caution in this regard. If you are unsure - don't!
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ken

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lol that was kind of the theme of my site hahaha

will have to change it up to a different theme
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smithy

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jus askin but what is torrants??
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jeremy, Employee

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Hi there Smithy,
A torrent (or Bittorrent) is a file sharing protocol for sharing large amounts of data. You can find out more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorre...
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smithy

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so it is a bit like a fishing thing??
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Connor McCarra, Champion

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No, torrents are usually videos, films, games, software, music etc. Torrents are just an easier way to share becuase they are small and compact to download. Then you use a Torrent Downloader (eg. Limewire, Azeurus) to actually download the file. It works faster if more people are downloading at the same time, so it's kinda like peer to peer downloading.
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Matt Farrington

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.Torrent files are legal. Sometimes, the files that the torrent file allows you to download are not legal. There is no issue with hosting the .torrent file. However, if you host the file, people who own the material can get very upset, and sue you. They will probably win, because you are in a way hosting the item in which will let you steal their material. So it is best to be careful, and remember. NOTHING on the web is impossible to get to.