Before You Download Stuff From Torrents, You Should Know About These Piracy Laws

Have you been downloading and seeding your favorite movies because it’s free?


Did you download the Game Of Thrones episode or a movie still running in the theatres via torrents? After reading this you might want to be a little more careful.

A report by Quint stated that Bollywood loses $2.7 billion to piracy every year. Also, the recent Star fiasco with the Game Of Thrones leak has only affected the content creators in a terrible way.

Technically, if you download the file from torrents for yourself; you’re not in trouble. The distribution of pirated content is illegal according to the law. When you are about to download a file from the torrent, the distributor of the torrent might be in trouble. A warning appears when the government is notified about the leak from the owners/makers of the content.


According to the warning, ‘viewing’, ‘downloading’, ‘exhibiting’ or ‘duplicating’ ‘an illicit copy of content under this URL’ is deemed as a punishable offense according to Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act of 1957. Under the act copying and distributing the content is a more serious offense than viewing it. If one person has leaked the content and the content creator knows about it; the matter will be taken to court. The person responsible for the leak and the person viewing the content by a banned host can be imprisoned for 3 years and be fined Rs 3,00,000.

However, this law might be confusing and outdated owing to technological advances. The government can’t track you down if you are a repeat offender. They can only take action when the content owners have found out about the leak and distribution. If you are caught, the judgment passed by the court of law will depend on your case and your contribution in the leak.

So, the next time you think about saving the Rs 200 ticket or a subscription to the streaming portal, think about the Rs 3,00,000 fine you might have to pay.

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