Just remember that a lot of torrent sites are set up for illegal purposes of file sharing. Be careful of what you are downloading and you will get better performance if you are willing to share more of your own files. The more you are willing to upload the better your downloads tend to be..And yes you can get caught and prosecutes. I know of a guy I played WoW with for years. He and a few of his friends were sharing almost 3TB of music files. The FBI caught them and they went to court over it. I never heard from him and he stopped playing WoW. Not sure if he went to jail over it or just got fined.