10 More Sites for Free and Legal Torrents

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People tend to equate BitTorrent with piracy, and we’re not going to pretend that there isn’t a lot of loot out there on torrent sites. However, there’s also plenty of opportunity to download lots of legal goodies, from free documentaries to Creative Commons-licensed music to indie feature films hoping for some P2P buzz.

It’s been three years since we first published a post titled Ten Sites For Free And Legal Torrents. Unfortunately, a few of the sites mentioned in our original post have since folded, but others have come up to replace them, which is why we decided to update our list of legal torrent goodness with new links and additional information.

Mininova used to be one of the biggest torrent directories on the Internet until it was forced to shut down all unauthorized content due to a copyright infringement lawsuit late last year. However, Mininova is still serving access to close to 10,000 legitimate torrents, including HD space mission footage from NASA, documentaries from public broadcasters and user-generated animation shorts. Mininova still clocks about 300,000 downloads per day.

Legaltorrents.com, which will soon rebrand as Clearbits.net, offers access to around a thousand torrents, ranging from indie movies to podcasts to documentaries, as well as a ton of music. Legaltorrents told us that they’re currently facilitating the download of 10-20 Terabytes of content per month. All files are centrally seeded, so your torrent client won’t idle out on you.

Limecast is a podcast directory operated by the makers of Limewire. Users can opt to stream or download clips right within their browser, or access torrent files for episodes of popular podcasts like GeekBrief.TV, Diggnation or the Ricky Gervais Podcast. Not all the feeds seem to be up to date, but the site is still pretty neat.

Legit Torrents is aggregating legally available torrents from various sources, with the content including the NIN concert DVD Another Version of the Truth and the Michael Moore film Slacker Uprising.

The Miro Guide is a content repository for the open source video player Miro, which comes with a built-in BitTorrent client. Some of the content included in the Miro Guide, like TorrentFreak TV, is distributed via BitTorrent, but you’ll still need Miro to download the files.

Public Domain Torrents is a slightly older site with the occasional database error, but that only seems to be fitting for the subject matter. The site features hundreds of torrents for movies with expired copyright. In other words: Pretty old stuff. Or classics, depending on your point of view.

YouTorrent is a search engine that aims to only index authorized content available through various BitTorrent sites, and it claims to currently index more than 80,000 torrents.

Jamendo is a music site offering access to more than 30,000 Creative Commons-licensed albums. All music is available for free via direct download and BitTorrent.

Gameupdates.org features a few thousand torrents specifically tailored towards the gaming community, but we’re not just talking patches and demo relases: The site also offers access to a few hundred trailers, previews  and in some cases even full-featured films promoting games like Grand Theft Auto IV, Guild Wars 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

LinuxTracker finally does what it says: It tracks Linux distributions, making it possible to download all major flavors of Linux as well as quite a few lesser-known distributions.

Image courtesy of Flickr user nrkbeta.

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Rae1481

thank you soo much for this list. its been war on torrent sites and im glad to know about the legal stuff.

Anonymous

@theapplegoogle: You’re a fucking annoying spammer, but that name is funny so I clicked anyway :/

Dan O'Huiginn (VODO)

Hey, you’ve missed out VODO [http://vodo.net]. We’re a legal bittorrent film distribution project — focusing on a small range of high-quality content, which lets us get a big audience and so persuade nervous film-makers to consider setting their works free online.

So we limit ourselves to one release a month, which we then blast out to a big audience through a coalition of most of the largest torrent sites and services. That includes several of the sites you mention above (Mininova, Miro, Legit Torrents), but also big names from the wider P2P world (vuze, frostwire, limewire, The Pirate Bay, & many more).

It’s working really well; we reckon our largest release, Josh Bernhard’s The Lionshare is coming up on 300,000 downloads. This kind of reach enables us to work with filmmakers who might otherwise be nervous about giving away their creations.

[that said, there are about 30 other films available from our site (http://vodo.net/film/allfilms). But most of our energy is going into monthly releases]

I’d be delighted to talk to you (or anyone else reading this) about how we’re making all this work — feel free to mail me on dan at vodo dot net.

Adrian

ViewCaveTorrents.com is also totally legal and totally Free!

ViewCave.com offers Streaming, Progressive Downloads also for free. Currently it has over 200 titles licensed, 50 or so in their site and a lot more coming. The sites are in Alpha Release.

Check out their IMDB.com here:http://www.imdb.com/company/co0285771/

mcangeli

Linuxtracker has been online as a Linux Bittorrent site since 2004…. so I don’t know what you mean by “finally does what it says” as we’ve done only that all along.

Janko Roettgers

Finally, as in: Last but not least. Didn’t mean to diminish your work at all, you’re just he last one on the list, Sorry for the confusion. :)

Gubatron

You missed FrostClick.com

Daily free legal content. Big focus in Creative Commons music.

Adrian Bertino-Clarke

We’ve just launched a new completely legal torrent site: ViewCave Torrents dot Com. We’ve got hundreds of movie titles coming up; there’s only a very small sample at present. We’ll welcome your feedback.

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