Recent events have seen well-known torrent directories like BTJunkie closing their doors or being threatened with closure, leaving many people wondering about the legalities of torrents and which directories are still open to find them in anyway. The good news is that the process of torrenting is legal – BitTorrent is just a peer-to-peer method for downloading which happens to have many legal uses.
However, just knowing the process is legal doesn’t mean that all the torrents out there are. To find legal torrents, the best thing you can do is look for them in directories that specialise in legal material of some kind, like public domain or creative commons works. In order to help you find the best of these legal torrent directories, here’s a list of some of the best.
ClearBits, formerly known as LegalTorrents, specialises in Creative Commons digital media and artwork. It charges the content creators for hosting and distribution and then makes the process of sponsoring your favourite content creators easy for the users. There are also some perks for paying community members if you wish to participate further and support ClearBits.
Torrent Cat is actually a search engine based on Google search. It will only return results which are public domain, Creative Commons, open source or otherwise legal to obtain. They are also outspoken against any form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and filter out results containing DRM.
Vuze is a BitTorrent client which helps its users to find legal content by publishing the details in their torrent directory. This directory is available from within the client or online, so you don’t need to use Vuze in order to browse their torrents. Although, it is a great client so it’s worth trying out anyway.
Miro is both a BitTorrent client and a directory of free, legal torrents. It really makes it easy to find great content, so it’s well worth a look. Previously, we’ve also covered how and why you might be able to get your own video feeds into the Miro directory.
ETree is a directory of live concert recordings provided by trade friendly artists. There’s a lot of really interesting material here, so it’s well worth taking a look.
Game Updates is a legal directory of torrents for game lovers, featuring patches, demos and mods for all sorts of games.
The Legal Torrent directory front page features legal movie trailers and free software. To access features like their top 10 torrents you will need to become a member.
Jamendo is a music directory of works released under creative commons. There’s a lot of new material available by indie artists who just want to get heard and to make a name for themselves. To make it even easier to get the music, most of it is available to torrent.
The YouTorrent directory contains all sorts of creative commons works and movie trailers. The interface is set up to make it easy and interesting to browse the torrents in the directory.
Public Domain Torrents
The Public Domain Torrents directory is a wealth of media and will only increase as more movies come into the public domain. They’ve also sorted these classics into top lists you can use to find the best films, including the top seeded torrents.
Legit Torrents is a directory of legal torrents covering all sorts of files: movies, music, freeware and more. It’s easy to search for things within specific categories, but not really designed for casual browsing.
More Free Media
For the fans of legal torrents and other free media, here’s some more articles to read:
- Top Torrent Search Engines for All Torrent Downloaders
- 7 Sites To Get Free Music (Legally!)
- Top 4 Sites To Download Free, Legal Concert Recordings
- Find That Rare Torrent Quickly & Easily With Omega Torrent Search
Do you use BitTorrent to download your favourite legal media? Which sources do you like the best?