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Streaming with Torrents: Legal or illegal?

First Popcorn Time, now Torrents Time and comparable apps: You can access a huge selection of TV series and films via streaming – user-friendly and in good quality. Unlike Amazon, Apple, Hulu or Netflix, for example, the offer is free of charge. Too good to be true?

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What is a BitTorrent?

More than a third of German online data traffic takes place via the BitTorrent protocol. Dubious websites use it to illegally distribute protected content, getting their users into trouble.

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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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