Disk space woes. and yes, posting links is STILL broken due to some issue with recaptcha that I can't fucking figure out.

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In order to use TPB to download, say, Photoshop, are Tor and a free VPN all I need to make sure I'm "using protection" to the extent to which I'm sure that I'm safe? Or is it always a risk? I know not to download movies (I've heard movies in particular are extremely protected and risky), but I don't plan on downloading anything like that. Should I *buy* a vpn?
The most important question is - what are the odds that I'll actually end up caught and face legal reprocussions?
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