Originally Posted by HarryT
Yes. When you are in the US, US law is what applies to you. If you were to travel to that country, and download the book from there, that would be legal. You could even bring it home with you, and you'd still be fine. But, as far as downloading is concerned, it's your location that determines what laws apply to you, not the location of the server.
That's my understanding as well. If you take your computer to another country and download the file, then return home with it, it's legal. If you do the same exact thing but without leaving your house, it's illegal.
Completely retarded, but that's not surprising given the state of copyright law.