LegalTorrents, “an online community created to discover and distribute Creative Commons licensed digital media”, has re-launched in exciting fashion. Originally founded in 2003 as a means to distribute “hand-picked .torrent files that were approved by content owners“, LegalTorrents revamped its infrastructure to be more friendly to content creators looking to spread their works far and wide, a goal which included a clear articulation of CC-licenses in relation to relevant torrent files. From LifeHacker:

Each torrent submitted to LegalTorrents is reviewed by moderators for the proper licensing and then posted to the site. Additionally, LegalTorrents hosts a high-speed seed for each torrent, guaranteeing that you should always be able to get fairly high-speed transfers; in my tests the downloads were indeed very fast (downloading over 400 KB/s).

As with most content directories, LegalTorrents becomes more relevant the more people use it. With that in mind, check out their growing pool of CC-licensed work, contribute your own, and offer any feedback you may have that could improve what LegalTorrents is trying to accomplish.

3 thoughts on “LegalTorrents”

  1. Well, this is an interesting side of things — when usually torrents have a bad name for itself, LegalTorrents seem to be trying to clean the bad name and doing the right thing. I do wonder though, when they begin getting a large amount of traffic as most torrent sites do will they begin charging or seek ways to monetize thus falling into the pit of most do-the-right-thing torrent startups. They have a road ahead of them, but I do like the concept as of right now.

  2. re: comments by

    We offer users the ability now to Sponsor the Content Creator – and we pass the money through to them. We take a portion of those Sponsorships to maintain the site.

    Our plan is to offer membership services for premium offerings and information access once we have more content and more regular/periodic content postings.

  3. What would be the differentiator for the premium offerings? The benefit of social interaction is already given by websites like Facebook and Orkut.

    Also, how successful has been the patronage model? Do people pay for the content they like?

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