this isn’t the case at all. I don’t know anything about laws in scotland, so i’ll say in MOST cases that’s not true. Definitely do some research on copyright laws in your country to be sure though.
you’ll find that a lot of what is hosted on bittorrent sites is not legal material. dvd rips, audio cd rips, pirated software, game cracks, etc… are all illegal in the US and many other countries as well so I won’t speak for Scotland, but I just wanted you to be aware of what you’re getting into. Ultimately you are responsible for what you choose to download.
on the same note, don’t trust any ads you see for one-time-fee pay bittorrent services that say by paying them for their client it’s legal to download all of the material. as with anything in life, there are always people out to just make money. Regardless of what they tell you, you are still responsible for what you download.
if you ever see a site or a service that might be a scam it probably is. and if you’re not sure feel free to post and I’m sure plenty of people would be sure to critique it for you.
If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Just use common sense (and a good virus scanner) and you should be fine.
I hope I haven’t scared you off! I just wanted to make it clear that not everything you find is going to be legal. Many people take that risk and choose to access that content anyway and that’s your own risk to take, but if you run into trouble in that regard this forum isn’t likely to be able to help you.