I think people are scared to answer. Yes it is illegal. No one can say if he will get a knock on his door or not. It would be like saying "If I speed will I get pulled over?" Well you might not, but then again you might. Except in his case you have no way to look around your shoulder to see if there are any police around.
I think your own ethics will answer the question. Is it OK to do something that is illegal if you don't think you will get caught?
A friend of mine is a huge lost fan and could not wait for season 3 to air here in the UK and so has downloaded season 3 using bit torrent. He also torrented Studio 60 (big Aaron Sorkin fan aka West Wing) as this will not be available to the UK until 2007.
Is my friend stupid for doing this. Its illegal right!! Will he be getting a knock on his door from the police saying "your nicked" ?
Advice greatly welcomed.