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Are torrents illegal?

File sharing has changed dramatically over the past few years. Not least because of the numerous warning waves against users of file-sharing networks. But is the use of torrents in the context of a swap meet illegal at all? We clarify what you have to look out for when using torrents and what penalties can be imposed.

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How torrents work

Unlike HTTP or FTP downloads, Bit Torrent does not transfer the file from one source to the PC. Rather, it comes from different users who participate in the individual network for the respective file. Not even the entire file has to be on the computer. It is sufficient if the user has a fragment which he passes on to other users who may already have other parts.

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