"The assumptions made in this story are completely stupid."
Be careful throwing that word around...
"First off, you wouldn't get cable to watch a single show."
Well done, you've actually hit on the main point without even realising it. People won't pay just to watch GoT, they'll get it elsewhere instead. An entire section of the market is being ignored and not earning anybody any money. How is that a good business decision? And if it turns out that keeping it exclusive does actually maximise their profit, why the hell are they complaining about it?!
There's nothing misleading here, you're just not understanding the argument. If you want to watch GoT legally, that is what you have to pay. The fact that you get access to other stuff is not relevant, because the discussion is about being able to watch this particular show.
"To suggest Megaupload was primarily used for legal traffic is ludicrous."
Suggesting the VCR was primarily used for legal purposes was also considered ludicrous by the MPAA, and yet looked how that worked out.
It's clear to anyone with half a brain that MU and other cloud storage sites have "substantial non-infringing uses", so I don't understand why you think the end result should be different this time around.
And before any of the usual studio shills jump in, the fact that MU didn't pay for the films to be made does not in any way preclude the studios from offering exactly the same service and potentially making the same income they claim MU made. Unless of course their claims are exaggerated or unfounded...
Not only do I find your claim doubtful (but feel free to dispel my doubts), most people who aren't lawyers would not call what you described 'breaking in', because they know the meaning of the word 'break'.
The title in no way claims that piracy has had no effect on the movie business.
"So industries that lose money to piracy should do nothing about it and not try to combat it?"
Ugh, this question has been asked and answered so many times it's becoming a running joke. If companies want to "combat" piracy, they should start by looking at how spectacularly unsuccessful their past efforts have been and try something different. If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always got.
"I am not demonizing technology. I am only saying that people aren't massively buying NAS and media streamers to play their Christmas home movies. If you want to see the volume and effects of piracy, you have to look at the amount of equipment bought specifically to support it by end users."
Damn you guys are slow learners. That's exactly the argument made about VHS/Betamax, and not only did it fail legally, it turned out to be spectacularly wrong, to the industry's (undeserved) benefit. Forgive us if we don't believe it this time either.