Apparently, more and more torrent users are resorting to encryption. There is a suggestion by a BPI spokesman that this technology is being used to hide illegal activities.
The BPI is an arm of the RIAA, so it is no wonder that they come to a conclusion that suits their political agenda. Perhaps there is another explanation?
Here in Canada, it has been shown that a major ISP intentionally degrades torrent traffic on their network. Recently in the US, another ISP has revealed that they too degrade torrent traffic.
Perhaps the copyright industry, with all of their lawsuits, have created an environment where everyone is completely paranoid about torrent traffic? Maybe this has given ISPs the excuse they need to adversely affect traffic that puts a high demand on their oversold capacity?
Of course, this response might only suit my political agenda. To really find out why people use bittorrent and encryption, perhaps we should ask them?