Top Bit Torrent Sites of 2006

Posted on October 30, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

As of October 30, 2006, 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.

This list is in random order. Special thanks to tech consultant, Joanna Gurnitsky, for her input on keeping this list current.

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. 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.

Related: Peer Guardian anonymity software – conceal your identity from prying eyes.

  1. Torrentscan.com (a search engine that searches other torrent search engines)

  2. Isohunt.com Update: Isohunt is currently being sued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). If you want to use this tremendous Canadian site, you better use it while you can.

  3. Meganova.org

  4. 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.)

  5. New: ByTorrents Meta Search

  6. Torrentportal.com

  7. The Pirate Bay (Pirate Bay, by readership size, is the most popular torrent search site today. Like Isohunt, Pirate Bay has an immense database of the latest torrents.)
    (May 31, 2006 update: The Pirate Bay has been shut down by Swedish authorities. Details are available on the Pirate Bay home page.)
    (June 2006 update: 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!)

  8. Torrentspy.com

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

  10. 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)

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

  12. Yotoshi.com

  13. Seedler

  14. Torrentmatrix.com

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

  16. Torrents.to

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

  18. Thinktorrent.com

  19. FileList.org

  20. FileMP3.org

Source: netforbeginners.about.com

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