“The only accurate way of providing a ‘digital piracy’ index to both ISPs and CPs is to measure the actual P2P activity taking place within an ISP network.”
The presumption by Virgin Media, and others, is that all file sharing that takes place is of copyright material. What next? They count all emails on the presumption that we are all terrorists contacting each other? There couldn't possibly be a legitimate use for file sharing could there? This is typical of a lot of the presumptions that are being made at the moment. It will probably provide figures just as inaccurate as those that we have seen in the past. It is of course no surprise that it's Virgin Media doing this as Virgin has another of it's divisions in the music industry. This is just another measure to provide the entertainment industry with a set of false figures to bamboozle both the public and politicians with.
The presumption that ISPs have the right to do this is all wrong and I hope it is challenged. No one has ever suggested that all internet banking transactions should be counted and then taken as a cast iron proof of money laundering on a large scale.
Privacy, what's that? Both governments and institutions keep telling us that they protect our privacy. Reality proves that the reverse is true. The public really do need to wake up to what is going on.