Is downloading stuff off of torrent illegal?
NO. Torrents themselves are NOT illegal. Stop believing the bullshit. If you get "copyrighted" material...you might want to CONSIDER compensating the OWNER/Copyright Owner if you like and KEEP what you have gotten. I download torrents all the TIME that are NOT copyrighted or are FREE to distribute or LICENSED for TORRENT distribution. Nothing illegal at all.
Downloading copyrighted material is illegal . the cafe I used to work for got threatened with a 50k fine for "allowing" a single customer to download some rap tunes.
Yep. Torrents are illegal.
depends on what you download, it's a civil issue though UNLESS you seed or provide the illegal content in any other way
depends what your downloading, if your PIRATING which is illegally downloading things like games without paying for them then yes because that infringes copyright laws