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Is it safe and legal to use torrents / downloads in Poland?


dany_moussalli 13 | 260
19 Aug 2013 #1
Is it safe to use torrents in Poland ? or is there a chance that I will face legal issues if I do so ?
delphiandomine 83 | 17,732
19 Aug 2013 #2
In theory, you can download, just not share.

In reality, no-one cares.
OP dany_moussalli 13 | 260
19 Aug 2013 #3
good ,so officially it's not legal ,but the police isn't trying to catch people who do so .
Monitor 14 | 1,820
18 Sep 2013 #4
In other countries it's not police who send law suits, but some for profit organizations. In Poland they're much less active than in Germany. I wander why. is it because they cannot get so easily data of person using ip address?
wjtk - | 29
18 Sep 2013 #5
Accrding to Polish Copyright Law Police/Prosecutor investigate this crime (illegal sharing) only at request (motion) of crime victim (copyright owners). There are single cases of people charged for this.
jon357 63 | 14,149
18 Sep 2013 #6
good ,so officially it's not legal ,but the police isn't trying to catch people who do so .

That's about right.

Accrding to Polish Copyright Law Police/Prosecutor investigate this crime (illegal sharing) only at request (motion) of crime victim (copyright owners).

So is this.

Be careful, but millions do it. If you're worried, go through TOR.
Monitor 14 | 1,820
19 Sep 2013 #7
If you're worried, go through TOR.

I don't recommend. It will be quite slow. Personally I use in Germany this VPN: mytunnel.me/vpn/. It's the cheapest offer I've found on the Internet and seems working fast. But to use it you must be little computer savvy and know how to set up torrent client, vpn client and firewalls.
JackJohn9
31 Aug 2014 #8
Merged: Illegal downloading, copyright infringement in Poland

Hello,

Where does Poland stand on copyright infringement?
Is it allowed to download copyright-infringing material?
Are torrent downloads beeing monitored in Poland?
Is it allowed to use peer-to-peer connections(Skype) to transfer copyright-infringing material?

Cheers
Dougpol1 32 | 3,152
31 Aug 2014 #9
Relatively "liberal"..........

No

Of course (use a VPN)

No (why is that different to question number 2?)
JackJohn9
31 Aug 2014 #10
What is the penalty for being caught downloading illegally?
Dougpol1 32 | 3,152
31 Aug 2014 #11
Downloading is technically legal - it is the "upload" or re-distribution that is illegal.

As far as Poland is concerned, I have lived here for 21 years - had two notices, and ignored them.

More to worry about than those greedy fools who know that we all go to the cinema and pay for music more than ever before.

If worried buy a VPN etc.
JackJohn9
31 Aug 2014 #12
Thank you for you answers.

Assume the following scenario:
I use my server(running vnc server) in my own country, where everything is legal.
I use a VNC connection, download files on to the server, archive them, and transferred them via VNC file transfer.
This shouldn't be a problem I take it?
Dougpol1 32 | 3,152
31 Aug 2014 #13
That depends on what you are sharing, doesn't it?

If you are sharing desktops then who would care? If it's legit business/or other?

But is VCN really secure?
JackJohn9
31 Aug 2014 #14
If downloading is technically legal, then downloading files from a server, using VNC, should not be a problem, no matter what the content?
Sharing files would only be considered on a server, which (in an assumed scenario) is in a country, where that is legal.
Am I wrong?
Dougpol1 32 | 3,152
31 Aug 2014 #15
I don't get that argument - the fact that the files are on a server in Bongo Bongo Land does not change the fact that copyright is infringed when I go on to use that software ( Adobe Professional being a favourite here - as it is ridiculously expensive a friend of a friend runs a pirate copy, Adobe Reader being a useless toy)

Anyway, to answer your original question - Poland is (at the moment) on the fence about file sharing versus innovation - as opposed to the UK and US hawkish prosecutions, so I would say carry on regardless.

I do know that if your servers are seized by Polish authorities ( as paragraph 1) you will be fined 14 times the cost of the (pirated) software. Or that was true in the past - maybe I stand corrected?
JackJohn9
31 Aug 2014 #16
The intent of using a VNC file transfer is not to download the files using torrents, but to copy them from a server.
True, VNC is not secure. Anyhow, I imagine it would be harder to detect that the files that are being transferred are copyright infringed?

If I got this right:
I wont get prosecuted for downlading a movie (either via torrent or via VNC) in Poland?
But to be safe, buy a VPN?
kpc21 1 | 763
31 Aug 2014 #17
Torrent works in such a way that you have to share to other downloaders (and it's done automatically) all the part of the file that you have already downloaded. Therefore downloading copyright-protected files via torrent is illegal in Poland.
el_easy 2 | 54
1 Sep 2014 #18
Of course (use a VPN)

Can you recommend me any Polish paid or free VPN? I need it to watch Netflix Thanks.
gastro
1 Sep 2014 #19
Boxpn is the one I use it gives multiple vpns uk ,us,due,fr,nl no is torrent enabled the other are for geo locked sites I pay a yearly subscription is around 30gbp
Dougpol1 32 | 3,152
2 Sep 2014 #20
Torrent works in such a way that you have to share to other downloaders

Nonsense - in the BT client it is eminently possible to choose not to upload. It's called leeching.

Next!
TKiara
18 Feb 2016 #21
Use Ivacy VPN (ivacy.com/). I've been using it for quite some time, keeps me anonymous while torrenting. I bought the annual plan when they were running a discount offer of 85% discount, think it's valid up to date. Well, the plan was for USD 21.95 which I think is the cheapest in the industry (just my observation, don't hate me if you think i'm wrong).
jon357 63 | 14,149
18 Feb 2016 #22
plan was for USD 21.95

Why would someone use an unknown American VPN that has a 'plan' when there are plenty of good ones here.

It isn't necessary to use one anyway for downloading in Poland.
Varsovian 92 | 634
18 Feb 2016 #23
I know of one person who got scared when he got a letter referring to his illegal actions that he paid the "fine" they demanded. Their lawyers probably send out hundreds of these letters every week without any intention of taking court action.
jon357 63 | 14,149
18 Feb 2016 #24
Their lawyers probably send out hundreds of these letters every week

They do. One heavily criticised law firm in the UK. It's actually unenforceable.
kpc21 1 | 763
19 Feb 2016 #25
But they aren't really active in Poland. I have heard about a few cases, one concerning a poor-quality Polish comedy. And courts have doubts about whether it's really legal what these lawyers are doing.
TKiara
22 Feb 2016 #26
They send out warning and sometimes (very rare) a court order to the ones who are downloading torrents. The VPN, Ivacy, which I mentioned above is not US based, It's hong kong based. And I use it so that I may not get a notice from my ISP.
Nomadictorrenter
7 Jan 2019 #27
Merged:

About Torrenting in Poland



Hello everyone, I'll be staying in Poland for 1 year in a student dormitory. I am wondering if I torrent movies, tv shows would I be fined? I mean is it illegal to torrent movies or tv shows?
Dougpol1 32 | 3,152
7 Jan 2019 #28
I mean is it illegal to torrent movies or tv shows?

Sorry. How old are you? Isn't it obvious? Use a VPN or get busted.

It isn't necessary to use one anyway for downloading in Poland.

That info is out of date jon......


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