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The Pirate’s Guide

I must confess that I’m a bit of a leech when it comes to downloading stuff of the web. This can range from anything from applications, to anime, to music. I be a leech of stuff. Anyway, I know there’s a big moral debate raging about this, but for those who are interested here’s a really cool review I found on the web today! 😀

Taken from: netforbeginners.about.com

Author: Paul Gil

Where Downloaders Find Music and Movie Files

As of March 2, 2008, the most popular Bit Torrent search engine sites are listed below. This list is selected from hundreds of reader email suggestions, and is updated weekly. You are welcome to submit your suggestions for inclusion into this list.

This list is in random order. Special thanks to the many About.com readers who help keep this list current via their email submissions.

Warning for new users: while P2P file sharing technology is completely legal, many of the files traded through P2P are copyrighted. Unless you live in Canada where users are shielded from P2P lawsuits, then downloading P2P files may put you at risk for a civil lawsuit in any other country.

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These lawsuits are usually class-action suits, filed against groups of users who blatantly copy and distribute copyrighted materials. Recently, the MPAA, the RIAA, and the governments of England and Australia took several thousand users to court, demanding that they pay thousands of dollars in copyright infringement penalties.

Your Internet Service Provider may, at their discretion, release their logs of your downloading activity to potential copyright plaintiffs. The more megabytes you download, the more you risk being sued by copyright protection groups. Please know this risk before you use any of the following Torrent search engines below.

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1. Snarf It! (born from previous Suprnova influences)

2. Isohunt.com

September, 2007: Isohunt is barring American users from connecting to American torrent trackers. American users, however, can still use Isohunt to find torrents, and connect to third party trackers.

July, 2007: Isohunt has over 450,000 torrents in their database. Also noteworthy: any Isohunt torrent listed as “ISOhunt release” means that it is a file verified by the administrators…a nice feature to help you locate authentic torrents and not fake files. On a sad note: Isohunt is being sued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for copyright infringement. If you want to use this tremendous Canadian site, you better use it while you can.

3. Torrentportal.com

4. BiteNova (formerly known as “Bi-Torrents”, BiteNova is a free Torrent site with a spartan look and fast searching format.)

5. Torrentspy.com September 2007 update: Torrentspy has declared that it will be forbidding American users from doing searches on its website, under pressure from the MPAA.

6. Demonoid (now shut down)

Nov 9, 2007 update: The CRIA has threated Demonoid’s ISP. Accordingly, Demonoid has shut down indefinitely. This is sad news for torrent downloaders everywhere, as Demonoid was one of the highest quality torrent databases of 2007.

Sep. 26, 2007 update: Canadian users can no longer access Demonoid.com. Details are forthcoming, but their Canadian ISP shut them down by court order. The Canadian Recording Industry Association is behind this court order.

7. LegalTorrents.com (As the name implies, this is a database of public-domain content. Thanks to Anand S. for this URL.)

8. Torrentscan.com (a “meta-search” engine, which is a search engine that searches other search engines)

9. Torrentz.com (special thanks to reader, Jonathan R., for this link)

10. Torrents.to

11. Torrentmatrix.com

12. Mininova.org has 190,000 torrents indexed as of April, 2007. Mininova is the successor to Suprnova, one of the original big torrent databases of the Web.

13. FileMP3.org

14. TorrentBytes.net

15. Torrentreactor.to (Torrentreactor has made a comeback from a hijacking and an uncooperative hosting service. They have moved to a different server setup and a Tonga country domain outside the USA. Read the details on their home page.)

16. Torrentbox.com FYI: like Isohunt, Torrentbox is being sued by the MPAA as of February 28, 2006. The days for this fine search engine may be numbered.

17. BTjunkie

18. TorrentTyphoon.com (a unique bittorrent meta-search engine that searches several of the most popular sites. Unfortunately, it does not do a good job categorizing the torrent files themselves)

19. Yotoshi.com

20. The Pirate Bay (Pirate Bay, by readership size, is the most popular torrent search site today. Pirate Bay has an immense database of 600,000+ torrents, the largest database at this time.)

(May 31, 2006: The Pirate Bay has been shut down by Swedish authorities. Details are available on the Pirate Bay home page.)

(June 2006: The Pirate Bay has restarted operations, now that the police have duplicated the PB hard drives for forensic purposes. Enjoy this database while it is still around, folks!)

Hope this help all my fellow pirates out there! 🙂

PhilosopherPoet

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