No, it isn't. It is only illegal if the "stuff" is copyrighted and you don't have the copyright owner's permission to copy it.
The simple answer is they don't have the licencing writes to offer whatever you are down loading. Most of the films are protected by a licence agreement with distributors. By viewing it for free you are stealing from them.
Films and shows cost money to produce and the torrent sites over the years have hit the entertainment industry so hard financially. This is why the sites like Pirate Bay were banned in most countries around the world.
Torrents are legal if the content that you download is legal and published under an appropriate license that allows unrestricted sharing. Torrenting Linux (most) distributions is legal for example.
As with any other downloads, torrents are illegal if the content is illegal (for example, if someone holds the copyright and does not allow free distribution), but since with torrents, you are not "downloading from torrent sides" but from a P2P network that you are also uploading to, you don't only commit the felony of downloading, but also of uploading illegal material, so don't use torrents if you don't know what you are doing.
as long as the item is copyrighted and you don’t own it, then downloading it (for free) via torrent is illegal. Using a torrent client and downloading torrents in itself isn’t illegal, as you could be downloading things that aren’t protected by copyright.
Whether it's legal or not varies from case to case. Most countries have basic common laws against intellectual property theft. If a piece of music is copyrighted and you don’t own it, you can’t download it legally. The same goes for a movie, a game, or anything else you may want (unless the copyright-holder decides to make it free either temporarily or permanently, as is often the case with video games)
So to answer your question, you have to know if the stuff is copyrighted or not or it's being given out for free to the public. If it's copyrighted and it's not being given out for free, you're likely committing an offense by downloading it illegally through a torrent site. Though you also need to know your countries laws concerning downloading copyrighted materials.
It really depends on what you are downloading. A lot of companies and other sources use torrents as a quick and easy way to get large files to customers. This is a legitimate use of torrents. If you are downloading music,movies, or digital media without owning the rights to those materials then yes, it is illegal to download those items from a torrent site.
It will usually be pretty easy to tell if the stuff you are torrenting is illegal or legitimate based on the ads that are on the site that you are downloading the torrent from.
I also think most users will have a pretty good idea about whether or not they are downloading something illegal or not.
It is illegal to download copyrighted material from anywhere (torrent sites included) if you do not own the copyright to said material.
If you have not "bought" or can show proof of ownership they are you stealing that material, same as if you walked into a store and took the movie or game off the shelf and left without paying for it.
Streaming of movies or copyrighted television shows, music, books, etc are also protected under copyright laws.
So bottom line, unless you buy it you can't download or stream it
One word: Piracy! It is the unauthorized duplication of "copyrighted" content.
Torrents are usually popular for their TV Series/Movie free downloads and Game/Application downloads.
Everytime people download from torrent websites, the one who made the movie/tv series/game/app practically lost one potential buyer or subscriber. In other words they are losing money everytime people download free stuffs over the net.
This is no problem of course if movies/tv series were also being made freely but NO! It costs them a lot of money to create that content. And one way they can recover that money back and pay all the people involved in that content is when people watch it on Cinemas or buy a legit dvd version of it to which what Torrent steals from them.
Torrents are legal, so long as the data within the torrent is not protected by copyright.
The software to download torrents is legal, so long as the torrents downloaded through the software do not contain copyright protection.
The act of downloading itself is not illegal. It's the transmission of content without permission to do so that is illegal. Many Linux distributions use torrents because they're significantly cheaper to maintain compared to a central server.
Some musicians also release their music on torrent sites, though they're few and far between.