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Old 31st Jul 2007, 06:30 AM   #1
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Torrent Question

Last week i missed my favourite show on TV, so i've looked for it on torrent sites, after finding it i am asking the question is it illegal(UK) to download something that was recorded from an american airing even though i could have watched it on uk tv the week before an recorded my own, i also would have recorded without adverts(The file is 42 minutes long, so i presume no ads)?


I do understand that its illegal to for example download a music cd that you can buy in your local stores, or is it, which is most illegal upload(most illegal?) or download?
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Old 31st Jul 2007, 08:06 AM   #2
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I don't know the relevant Uk laws, but I'm pretty sure "but it was on TV recently and I could have taped it/watched it for free" is not a valid legal argument.
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Old 31st Jul 2007, 08:18 AM   #3
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You'd need a TV licence to be lawfully watching it in the UK if its on the PC or TV or iPod, any medium basically, but in terms of downloading it being law-abiding, no idea on that one, mate.
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Old 31st Jul 2007, 08:23 AM   #4
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call the broadcasting company and ask them to put it on again so you can watch it
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Old 31st Jul 2007, 08:26 AM   #5
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what program is it ,you have the right to tape a program to watch later in the uk as for a program from elsewhere i should imagine its not quite cricket to get it earlier than it would be shown on uk tv.oh and by the way it is not illegal to copy any software you own for backup purposes ,its just very difficult to make them when they have copy protection on them
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Old 31st Jul 2007, 10:08 AM   #6
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Well, i've not use torrents for 17 months* so i dont really remember all teh rules stuff, but i got backinto it a few weeks ago when i missed an episode of a show(Greys Anatomy) i like, and since then i've downloaded all of season 6 of smallville(S06E02 was on last week), and odd episodes of that show that i keep missing. Plus some of the files are HDTV which is nice.

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call the broadcasting company and ask them to put it on again so you can watch it
Did i mention that i missed 3(immediatly after and twice 2 days later) repeats?



*Been keeping the new computer clean, but its not really new anymore.
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Old 31st Jul 2007, 12:27 PM   #7
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Old 31st Jul 2007, 05:25 PM   #8
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There's always the 'Rip the System' angle, though. Fight for fair-use, bitch. Copyright is obsolete. There are others ways for artists to make money that don't include criminalizing copyright infringement. Look up the EFF, if you'd "like to know more".
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Old 1st Aug 2007, 07:44 AM   #9
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 Originally Posted by Ki!ler-Mk1: ( link to post ) 
*Been keeping the new computer clean, but its not really new anymore.
Clean from Malware, or clean as in you use dust-wipes?
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Old 1st Aug 2007, 02:55 PM   #10
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The former.
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Old 2nd Aug 2007, 12:18 AM   #11
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Real men trick their shit out with hella badware & Comet Kursors CUZ THEY CAN, and remember the dual-core motto: one core for you, one core for Micro$haft. Peace.

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Old 2nd Aug 2007, 03:51 PM   #12
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keeping a computer clean from malware is impossible on any windows machine...

...you have windows on it

(however, slightly more seriously)
It really is very hard to never get spy/malware on any windows machine if you're on the internet... it just happens.

Also, torrents are neither inherantly illegal, or full of spyware.

However if you use the web and torrents and p2p networks and such to download things like ooh... TV Shows, Porn, Anime... more Porn, Music.. then yeah.

People just associate "torrents" OMG ima get a viruzz!, because not all torrents are wareZ.

also as far as DRM and copy-protection goes. Making digital data uncopyable really is... a defiance of purpose. It'd be easier to turn a cat into a dog, or mr. garrison into a woman.
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Old 2nd Aug 2007, 04:33 PM   #13
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 Originally Posted by necros: ( link to post ) 
However if you use the web and torrents and p2p networks and such to download things like ooh... TV Shows, Porn, Anime... more Porn, Music.. then yeah.
You forgot anime porn.

Seriuosly, though...AVG, Spyware Terminator, Jetico Firewall, NoScript, AdBlock Plus.
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Old 2nd Aug 2007, 04:40 PM   #14
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Kerio Personal Firewall (or firewall of your choice which disables internet access to an application until you grant it), Firefox, and a healthy dose of internets savvinesses™ and all your spywaer woes will be history!

ps: you win!

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The question was answered and then some. This doesn't look to be going anywhere helpful...
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