Yes, it's illegal for you to download 1984 if you live in the US. It's also illegal for me to do so in the UK.
Originally Posted by boydcarts
To cite a specific case, I'd like to get a copy of "1984" , but as it is still under copyright in the U.S., am I correct in assuming that would make it illegal for me to download? (even though it and many of the "Canadian" books seem to have been uploaded by people in the U.S.)