11 Online Sources to Find Legal Torrents
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legal torrentsRecent 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.


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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

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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.


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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.


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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 How To Publish Your Video To Miro & Why You Should How To Publish Your Video To Miro & Why You Should Read More .


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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

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Game Updates is a legal directory of torrents for game lovers, featuring patches, demos and mods for all sorts of games.

Legal Torrent

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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.


11 Online Sources to Find Legal Torrents jamendo1

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.


11 Online Sources to Find Legal Torrents YouTorrent

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

11 Online Sources to Find Legal Torrents publicdomaintorrents

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

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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:

Of course, don’t forget to check out our official MUO Torrent guide The Torrent Guide for Everyone The Torrent Guide for Everyone This beginner's guide is a great introduction to peer-to-peer file sharing with BitTorrent. Get started with torrent downloading in a safe and responsible way with our tips here. Read More ! Do you use BitTorrent to download your favourite legal media? Which sources do you like the best?

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    May 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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  2. ErikRyans
    March 3, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Don't forget that all works on the internet are copyrighted works! Which means you are always in violation based on the skew in which most articles are generated.  Archiving is legal! Unless you posed a copyrighted work with the intent on preventing copyright holder from making any money at all! then it is legal to post in then USA it is legal to trade! It's not legal to steal out of Apple store, Retail Store, General Store,or host! It is not legal to steal bits, or pre packaged goods while in transit! It is not legal to sell or traffic (in transit) in  counterfeit  goods!  Stop using a lie to get people to listen to you friends band! Just say you want people to check them out! One last think is you can only be a Pirate at sea!  Once again the FBI and ICE are trying to prevent  distribution and sale of counterfeit  goods! US NAVY is trying to prevent PIRACY!

    Thank you,
    USGA Citizen =)

  3. georgesbush
    March 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    http://panda.cd is another good one for music.

  4. Pradosh
    February 29, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Nice roundup
    I always have to think twice before selecting torrent from unknown sources.
    This time I'll give try to this, free from any illegal issue 

  5. spothead
    February 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Dimeadozen for live music...

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

       Thanks, that looks cool.