According to Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor and outspoken net neutrality advocate, it doesn't mean a thing.
This week, Barry Sookman, a CRIA lobbyist, examined TorrentFreak's list of the top ten most popular English-language torrent sites, and found that Canada hosts the most "unauthorized" BitTorrent sites, with 25% of the sites hosted or registered in Canada.
But as Geist points out, Sookman's analysis is faulty, as he's only looking at English-language sites while cherry picking both hosting and registration data to make Canada look like the leading den of copyright infringement, when the Netherlands is actually home to the most BitTorrent sites.
Here's Geist's list of the countries with the most BitTorrent sites.
- Netherlands (Mininova, Torrent Reactor, SumoTorrent, TorrentPump, Zoozle, SandPeer, Search-Torrent)
- Canada (Torrentz, isoHunt, Monova, BTMon, Fenopy, TorrentZap)
- Sweden (Pirate Bay, BTJunkie, EZTV.It, Torrent Hound)
- United States (Vertor, TorrentPortal, YourBittorent)
- Czech Republic (TorrentDownloads.net, AliveTorrents)
- Ukraine (ExtraTorrent, Demonoid)
- France (KickAssTorrents)
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