There was a time in our history that the term “file-sharing” was closely associated with an illegal act. Today, there are still some file sharing sites where copyrighted material is still openly shared. However, the general public has somewhat become aware of the dangers of illegally sharing files over the internet.
For one, viruses are pretty common in these file sharing sites. Many virus developers use these sites to spread the virus that they create. The virus is usually embedded in files of popular music or movies so that the chances of the virus spreading are quite high. The more people download and share these files, the better the virus spreads.
Another reason is that sharing of copyrighted material is illegal. Copyright laws can be very strict in many countries today and being caught with an illegal copy of copyrighted material can be processed as a criminal act.
Fortunately, there are legal file sharing sites where the files that are shared freely are free of copyright. There are quite a number of these sites on the internet today and if you would like to download free music or movies, you can do so legally with these sites.
Vuze is a P2P file sharing software where you can download free music and movies legally. However, don’t expect to be downloading top quality music or movies or ones that are popular because most of them are under strict copyright laws.
The music tracks and movies available may not be popular but these are still worth listening to or watching.
Vuze was formerly called Azereus BitTorrent Client, so if you have never heard of Vuze before, then you may recognize it by its former name.
Another site that is quite popular is BitTorrent. You probably won’t recognize the movies or music tracks available on this site, but this is because they are free.
Popular movies cost money to download because they are popular. Free movies and music tracks are only free because they are still being promoted.
Public Domain Torrents
If you’re looking for classic movies, then you might be able to find the one you want at Public Domain Torrents. The site hosts a number of classic and b-rated movies that can be downloaded for free. You may be limited to classic and b-rated movies, but they are free.
This is another good P2P file sharing site where you can download quite a number of legal material. The site has music tracks, movies, video clips, games and other useful stuff.
Clear Bits was formerly called LegalTorrents and it is quite a popular site where you can download free media files without worrying about breaking any copyright laws.
This is one of the biggest sites where you can download free media files. The site has thousands of links to free files and all of them are legal.
You can download free music, movies, games, and just about any file of interest. All of the files are free and legal.
One of the best things about this site is that it lists the most popular files that are being downloaded. This means that if a lot of people are sharing the file then the file must be worth watching, listening to, or reading.
Jamendo may be a music only file sharing site but it is still worth including in this list because of the amount of free music that you can download from this site. The music may be from new artists, but they are still quite good and best of all, they are free. So, if you like to listen to free music, then Jamendo is one of the best sites you can get them.
File sharing is one of the best ways to promote music and movies from new artists. The fact that these files are free does not necessarily mean that they aren’t worth downloading. Quite a number of these music files are of high quality, but just have not quite made it to the level where they can be sold.
The next time you think of using file sharing sites, try out the sites listed above and legally share files. Give the new artists a chance to promote their creations. Some sites will already list the files according to popularity so you have a general idea of whether or not the music track or movie is worth downloading and keeping.