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by Timothy Geigner


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As HBO Screams About GoT Episodes Leaking From A Hack, HBO Leaks Next GoT Episode Early

from the fine-everything's-fine dept

I love HBO's Game Of Thrones. I hate everything we have to write about it, however, because the stories are typically dumb in the usual ways that stories are dumb here at Techdirt. From HBO happily playing the evil villain in protecting the show's IP in the most overly-protectionist manner possible, to HBO screaming about the show being heavily pirated while everyone else comments about how good a thing that actually is, all the way up to the occasional overt hacking that occurs, where episodes from the show leak early, everybody freaks out, and then HBO and GoT go on to rake in tons of eyeballs and money anyway. One of these hacks just occurred, as you may know, resulting in a ransom not being paid to the hackers, who were then eventually arrested. While episode four of the current season did indeed get leaked, it wasn't the hackers who leaked it, but someone at an HBO distribution partner. So HBO screams about hacks while someone with in its own house is leaking episodes.

And now it just appears to have happened again. Episode six has now leaked out and fingers are being pointed at the Spanish division of HBO itself for the leak.

Trouble continues for HBO as another episode of the popular Game of Thrones series has just leaked online, days ahead of the official premiere. Copies of the sixth episode of the current season, titled ‘Death is the Enemy,’ are currently circulating on various streaming portals, direct download, and torrent sites.

At the moment it’s not confirmed how the leak came about but some suggest that it was leaked by HBO itself in Spain. Several people have posted screenshots and videos that suggest it was made public by HBO unintentionally.

With no counter-narrative yet from HBO, which you'll recall loves to scream about hacks and piracy, the accidental leak from HBO is the only explanation on offer as of the time of this writing. And, look, mistakes like this happen. The point of this post isn't to point the finger and laugh at HBO for accidentally leaking an episode itself.

No, the point is that these leaks just don't matter. The show continues to rack up the same astounding viewership numbers, leaks and all. It's wildly successful. It has been spun off into board games and all manner of merchandise. It's to the point that nobody batted an eye when HBO refused to pay the hackers' ransom to not release the episodes early. There would be no point. Hell, when the first four episodes of season five of the show were leaked early, that season broke the show's viewership records.

So chill, HBO. Leaks from hackers, leaks from distributors, and leaks from your own offices aren't going to bring the piracy dragons to your doors to destroy your keep.


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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 17 Aug 2017 @ 5:13pm

    I bet they did it to themselves

    I think they found the additional hype beneficial, and not only allowed these recent leaks, but orchestrated them, for the additional hype. Any news is good news rides again, so to speak.

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    Zem, 17 Aug 2017 @ 10:10pm

    Spin is coming

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    PaulT (profile), 18 Aug 2017 @ 2:18am

    Botton line - piracy follows unserviced demand. It's unlikely that this leak will actually affect the normal broadcast, but if it does the problem is them having the demanded episode available but not released legally, not that people who are begging for new episodes found a way to get it early.

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Aug 2017 @ 2:46am

    Icing

    "The point of this post isn't to point the finger and laugh at HBO for accidentally leaking an episode itself."

    No, but that is the icing on the cake.

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    DONT BE STUPID BE EDUCATED, 18 Aug 2017 @ 4:48am

    its a trap

    dont ask how this hacker knows


    it is and getting on those torrents be very safe

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    Steve Swafford (profile), 18 Aug 2017 @ 4:49am

    all I could think about was world of warcraft wrath of the lich king lol. Seems a touch too close lol

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    DONT BE STUPID BE EDUCATED, 18 Aug 2017 @ 4:50am

    HBO is handing out copyright notices in canada

    they are baiting people

    beware

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    Ninja (profile), 18 Aug 2017 @ 9:01am

    Meanwhile HBO is losing money because it isn't widely available so I'm not paying. And not bothering to pirate it.

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 18 Aug 2017 @ 10:30am

    HBO USA: OMG THE PIRATES ARE KILLING US!!!!!!
    HOB SPAIN: Hold my cervesa.

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    Monday (profile), 18 Aug 2017 @ 11:43am

    Leaks, Leaks, Leaks.

    When I first read HBO "Leaks..." I could only think 'White House'. Bannon just got the boot from the WH, maybe HBO can pull in a General Kelly of their own, and only until 18 days of lies, insults, Constitutional crises, and all of the WH' own enabling,realize the problem is really them.

    And, of course, they'll definitely rake in cabbage like asteriod "Florence" is really going to hit our planet this time.

    It's bullshit, and they are trying to garner sympathy for something that is / was entirely their fault.

    Well, I for one, hear their cries, and I reply, "MERP".

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Aug 2017 @ 12:47pm

    How is "piracy" killing the "industry"? LOL

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