Game Of Thrones On Track To Be Most Pirated Show Of 2012; Pirates Still Asking HBO For Legitimate Options

from the blame-matthew-inman? dept

Much like the North, Game of Thrones cannot be held—it's too big and too wild. Matthew Inman warned HBO that they should make their content more accessible or risk driving people to piracy, but that isn't really HBO's style. Now jilocasin points us to the news that Game of Thrones is well on track to be the most torrented show of 2012, and nobody can deny that HBO's foolish subscriber-only distribution is a primary reason for that. Approximately 25-million times have people decided to pay the iron price for the show, and as the comments on Reddit attest, it's often because the gold price wasn't even an option. Others pay for the show but still pirate for the sake of occasional convenience:

Sometimes I just want to fire up an episode and watch it on my laptop immediately and with mobility as I'm wandering around the house, and not worry about streaming/quality issues or finding a disk, setting up the DVD player etc. I am truly lazy.

Meanwhile, Game of Thrones continues to have great ratings. And the torrent piracy count doesn't include streams, which are also hugely popular, so it only represents a fraction of the pirate world. Why not create new ways to legitimize some of those viewers, especially considering so many of them have said they want to be legitimized? I still contend that HBO-style shows owe a lot to piracy for their cultural dominance, because, if they were actually as exclusive as HBO wants to pretend they are, they would have had a much harder time gathering fans. But HBO co-president Eric Kessler thinks cord-cutting is a fad, so like most characters in the show, he's fighting silly battles while ignoring what's really going on.

Filed Under: eric kessler, game of thrones, piracy, television, torrent
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  1. identicon
    RD, 11 May 2012 @ 11:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Legitimate versions? Try getting a cable subscription!

    "Pray, tell, where can I purchase a legit copy of your diaries, journals, tax records, or unfinished novel? What? You think it's your right to do what you want with your papers? Oh my. You probably think that it's wrong for the government to spy on your communications too.

    My feeling is that it's their choice. They made. They put the money up. They can choose to do what they want. Just like you can choose what to do with your creations."

    Uh uh, no, thats not the same, you don't get to roll out something that ridiculous and get away with it.

    If you have private, unfinished, etc work that is NOT the same as a product you release to the public for consumption. To conflate the two as a way to counter my question is specious and misleading.

    When you put something out for the public to consume (paid or not) you get certain LIMITED rights via copyright. It's not a blanket set of absolute control. If you are so concerned with infringing or unpaid consumption, then DON'T RELEASE IT. Just like no one is holding a gun to my head to consume it, no one is holding a gun to your head to put it out there either. If you put something out, one of 3 things happens:

    1) The public ignores it and it doesnt sell (this is what happens to the VAST majority of stuff out there, and is THE single biggest problem, not piracy)

    2) The public likes it and wants to see/consume it, but can't due to factors like restricted access, limited funds, region blocks, waiting a year for DVD etc. This leads to piracy. Most piracy is less about price than these other factors. If you block a country of 65 million people from being able to see your show, don't be surprised if they find other means. Thats a lot of potential viewers that are just cut off from the get-go.

    3) The public likes it and pays for it in some manner (if there is a method for them to do so.)

    #1 is what happens in 95% of all creative output. #2 is what mostly happens when something is popular and indeed usually contributes to the popularity despite the restrictions.

    You still didn't answer my question: where can I get Song of the South? I have money, ready to buy. If I can't buy, which option do you think will happen? If it has NEVER BEEN available, then it has been abandoned as a product. Please explain how I am morally or ethically wrong in doing so when there is NO other legit option to be had?

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