A LEADING BITTORRENT website has blasted an 'anti-piracy' study recently reported by various technology news websites as being completely inaccurate as well as biased towards finding copyright infringing torrents.
It claimed websites such as Ars Technica and ZDNet were 'taken in' by a report put out by the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) and pushed by the 'anti-piracy' outfit AFACT, which said that only 0.3 per cent of files available on Bittorrent were legal.
In a blog post, Torrentfreak said that the report tried to answer four questions and got them all entirely wrong due to inaccurate data and a flawed methodology.
For instance, ICSL said that there were slightly more than a million torrent files from 17 Bittorrent trackers last Spring, but this was only a small sample of what they could have looked at. Also it was biased towards the most-seeded torrents such as TV and film, leaving others badly unrepresented.
It also recorded a minimum of 117,420,061 files shared at any one time, but Torrentfreak said this was far too much as it forgot to take into account false seed counts, with the total being closer to between 10 and 20 million.
Finally Torrenttreak said that the survey just came out with false data when it came to listing the top 10 most seeded torrents, with the data being two years old and potentially from a fake Bittorrent Tracker.
Founder and editor-in-chief Ernesto said, "Here the researchers conclude that 97.9% of all files on BitTorrent are copyright infringing, and only 0.3% confirmed 'legal'. Based on our previous conclusions it is hard to believe that these figures are even remotely accurate, and they aren't.
"There are too many flaws in the methodology to list here, but for one this statistic is grossly inaccurate because it's based on the most popular files, of which many are fake.
"The researchers should have at least tried to determine the percentage of infringing files on their whole (inaccurate) dataset instead of the most seeded ones (of which many are fake).
"We're not trying to argue that the majority of the torrents are legit, but the selection of torrents and sources is extremely biased towards discovering copyright infringing torrents." µ
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