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
Companies: hbo


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    iambinarymind (profile), 11 May 2012 @ 11:38am

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

    "Face it. Most of the things for sale are on sale for a subscription. You want a cookie, you've got to buy a box. You want to drive on a road, the government taxes you for all of them. You want to read a magazine article, you've got to get a subscription."

    You're comparing apples to oranges to bananas.
    - A cookie is in the physical world & is scarce. When purchased it is a voluntary exchange.
    - Government owned roads are also in the physical world & are scarce, however, they are funded through theft & coercion. Not a voluntary exchange.
    - A magazine article could be in the physical world of scarcity or in the digital world of non-scarcity. A voluntary exchange if the publisher decides to charge for access.

    "The economy has evolved this way because it's more efficient. Sometimes things evolve to support the pay-per-view model-- Apple's iTunes is a good example-- but often they don't. It's just too inefficient."

    You could legitimately make the efficiency argument if the exchange in question were purely voluntary. However, government intervention/force permeates so much of the current economic state of affairs, it's next to impossible to find a market not molested by the violence of the State.

    People are going to copy things like "Game of Thrones" no matter what the situation. So it would make the most economic sense for HBO to create various services with more value than .torrent's to entice people to purchase through competition (rather than resorting to State violence via "the law").

    Persuade through voluntary means and all will benefit.

    Continue implementing State violence through the censorship that is "intellectual property" and all will suffer.

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