Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationVideo & Online Games · 1 decade ago

Is it illegal to download games from websites like The Pirate Bay?

They are based in Sweden, so is it a violation of US law? I have never downloaded anything from this site, and I wanted to know before I consider it.

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    If the game you are downloading is copyrighted, then YES it is illegal. It's like buying cocaine from Mexico or something, the act itself is illegal in the US even if it is legal elsewhere.

    Source(s): common sense I guess
  • Topaz
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago


    It's not legal to download them anywhere.

    Piratebay simply puts up links to downloads so they say they aren't doing anything wrong.

    If you download it you ARE breaking the law.

    For a moral basis I only download games if they are old or if the company broke up.

    If the developers would not gain money from you purchasing it in a shop, or if it is not available any other way go for it!

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, the website may be from sweeden, but you're still downloading a game from a software in the U.S.

    Source(s): Friend got a phone call from the feds for downloading movies from the pirate bay.
  • 1 decade ago

    If the material is copyrighted, and you are supposed to pay for it but are circumventing this by getting it free from the pirate bay, yeah it's illegal.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, stay away from public trackers. It is also easy to get spyware and virii from them.

    Signup at a site (private tracker)

    also download Peerguardian 2

    then you should be ok

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, but it is likely you won't be caught and very unlikely you would be prosecuted.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes it is illegal. You're stealing software by downloading it.

  • 1 decade ago

    pirate bay is illegal!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ya it is illegal...but it is not likely that you will get caught...

  • 1 decade ago


    But we do it anyway

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