Have you done anything illegal online lately? No? Are you sure? Internet law is confusing and constantly changes, and it’s hard to keep up with what is and isn’t illegal online. While most of it is pretty much common sense, that doesn’t stop people from falling into trouble. From torrent to unofficial streaming online, common practices online wade into murky waters of questionable legality. Having said that, if you’re like most people, these are 25 Things You’re Doing Online That Are Probably Illegal.
The action of torrenting isn’t illegal, but if you’re torrenting copyrighted content, then yeah, it’s illegal. Thousands have been sued for torrenting and stealing copyrighted content.
Cyberbullying is a vicious and sometimes undetectable type of harassment. In the United States, each state has its own type of anti-bullying laws when it comes to someone being harassed online. Punishment can include expulsion from school, criminal charges for harassment, or being sued for damages.
Unofficial TV Streaming Services
Millions of people illegally watch television shows and movies through illegal online streaming websites. Game of Thrones, for instance, is considered one of the most pirated HBO television shows of all time.
Using the Deep Web
The Deep Web is the dark underbelly of the internet. Technically, accessing it isn’t illegal and even some journalists have used it to communicate with countries that have strict internet laws, but if you stumble on the wrong site, it could still get you into a ton of trouble.
Faking Your Name
This one sounds dumb, but according to the vaguely worded Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, faking your name online is illegal.