File Sharing: Legal Or Illegal?

File sharing is a way of sending and receiving digital files, such as photos, music and video, over the internet. It is a technology that has been used for many years. The first peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing service was developed by Shawn Fanning for Napster in 1999. It enabled users to connect to other computers on the network, find media files that they wanted to download and then share those files with others on the network.

Different Types of File Sharing

  • File sharing is a form of peer-to-peer (P2P) file distribution in which users can share files directly with other users, without passing through a centralized server.
  • File sharing is a form of decentralized network which allows users to share files and folders with each other over the Internet.

How Does File Sharing Work

When you download a file using BitTorrent, it’s not really downloading the file. What you’re actually doing is file sharing with other people—and they’re sharing your file with others.

When someone wants to download a file from a torrent site or through a magnet link, they look at all of the files that have been uploaded by users who have already downloaded them. Then, based on how many seeds (users who have fully completed their downloads) there are for each individual piece of information and how close their computer is to another seed in terms of network distance, that user determines whether or not he’ll be able to receive and complete his download quickly enough by checking out which pieces are being shared by friends nearby (a “peer”) first before connecting directly into an individual server connection which may take longer due to congestion issues based on geographical location or even data speed limitations between groups of connected computers using different types of hardware technology like DSL lines versus cable modems etc…

How Does Copyright Protection Work

The Copyright Act of 1976 was a landmark in its day. It extended copyright to cover sound recordings, and it also provided for “fair use,” which allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holder.

Fair use is a legal doctrine that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holder.

The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act broadened fair use further by stating that content can be used for criticism, comment, news reporting and educational purposes as long as it not being used for commercial gain or to unfairly compete with the original work or author.


In conclusion, file sharing is legal but can be used as a gateway to illegal activity. The law allows you to share files without copyright infringement, but it also prohibits certain activities like hacking into other people’s systems.