I smell BS
Our uni has just got some peerscope hardware installed, so I looked into their product. I was flabbergasted! It's so much BS, but clueless bosses, the media, and the creative industry will gobble it up without looking deeper.
On one page, they say they have a database of copyrighted stuff, which the network traffic is compared to. How? Filenames? A certain 'release' hash (that can be encoded/packaged differently a thousand times etc)? ... and the onus is on the music/film/whatever industry to inform them!
However, on another page, they maintain they can spot illegal traffic without even checking packet contents. Amazing tech!
On a product page demonstrating how it works, 'Honeypots' was a major component, and then it all twigged.
Guys like this are the people that create fake torrents, they track those fake torrents, they report on how popular the fake torrents are, and boom, we have a filesharing epidemic (fake) and a company that can monitor it (themselves!). They have a top 100 shared files, and some are not even proper pirated releases... (DVD rip of Saw 6 tracked two weeks before cinema release?)
I think the filesharing 'problem' is actually overinflated, with gullible 'normal' people being duped into downloading stuff, and then massive figures being extrapolated from the entrapments. Companies like peerscore and in the article are not helping. However, the proliferation of the idea that piracy is massive and bad helps keep media profits up in a digital age, where distribution and talent are cheap.
To be fair, there's hardly any point being pirate anymore. Any song I want from Napster/Spotify for a tenner? Any DVD/Blu Rays I want from Lovefilm for £7? Bargains, and it's easy too! In our house we have Sky and Cineworld unlimited passes as well... we're consuming probably more content than pirates, at high quality, legally and fairly cheaply!
tl;dr: piracy is overinflated, there are now decent legal services for most stuff