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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2012 @ 3:06pm

    Re: Legitimate versions? Try getting a cable subscription!

    at its core, piracy is just violating the private files of the content creators.

    Incorrect. It's legally impossible to violate privacy if someone publishes the content publicly with the intent for the public to consume it. For example, if you tweet that you are about to commit a crime, you may be detained based on that information, just as you have the right to remain silent after arrest but can have anything you say used against you in a court of law.

    To frame the broader context, if I make photocopies of a drawing of mine and give it to 100 people on the sidewalk, I cannot then claim a violation of privacy if some of them copy it and give those copies to yet more people. I may claim a violation of copyright, but privacy doesn't even enter into it. Neither does theft, since that was probably what you meant to say. I am still in possession of my original; no one broke into my home and took it from me.

    You're objecting to people objecting to and circumventing HBO's business model. Your hyperbole and random attempts to drag in irrelevant and even opposing arguments in order to frame this debate as a moral issue instead of an economic one are thin at best, and willfully misleading at worst.

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