Each countries has different rules when it comes down to downloading and uploading content on the internet, but in general, it is not allowed. By down- and uploading content through the internet, specific industries are severely damaged, which the authorities want to prevent. In order to make the illegally down- and uploading of content less attractive, many countries are now fining people who still do so. In India, for example, you can receive a fine of thousands of euros when downloading torrents, but if you upload content to the internet, you might even end up in jail.
In India? Watch out with downloading torrents!
Just as in many other countries, people in India are sharing a lot of torrents. In order to stop its inhabitants from using torrents, the Indian government has been quite busy for the past few months with tracking the IP addresses of uploaders and downloaders. People who are tracked down may receive a fine of thousands of dollars. Or even worse: if you have violated certain rules, you can even end up in jail for downloading or uploading online content.
European? You are also at risk
Many people from Europe believe that their governments are quite tolerant when it comes down to uploading and downloading content. But they want to get rid of this image. The Brain Foundation for example, the Dutch organization that is responsible for handing out fines regarding copyrighted content, has filed quite a lot of claims over the past few years. These claims are mainly regarding uploading, but recently downloaders have also been targeted. This means that if you upload content in the Netherlands, you might receive a fine of thousands of euros. Downloading is still less dangerous than compared to uploading content, but definitely not without its risks. You never know when the Brain Foundation will shift its focus and try to track down your IP address.
Protect yourself against a high fine while downloading torrents: use a VPN
Would you still like to upload and download torrents, but don’t want to receive a high fine for doing so? Then there’s a simple solution: using a VPN or Virtual Private Network. A Virtual Private Network is a secured internet connection that can be used to safely and anonymously surf the internet. If you are using a Virtual Private Network while downloading or uploading content, governmental institutions will no longer be able to see your IP address. This means that you can safely use the internet without risking a high fine.