We are all probably guilty of downloading something illegally online. It’s what we do these days, especially in Australia. One show we all might be guilty of is downloading Game of Thrones. Just a side note if you don’t watch this show, STOP HERE GO WATCH THEN COME BACK. Game of thrones is one of the most downloaded shows in the world, and the producers don’t see this as a problem.
The executive producers of the show consider it “better than an emmy,” According to the Creator George R.R. Martin calls it a compliment that his show is the number 1 pirated show in the world. The shows buzz created from the piracy resembles the fame of the one true stark Rob Stark as the King in the north. So is Piracy really a crime?
The stars of the HBO series feel somewhat happy and sad about the piracy title, but at the end of the day it is stealing unfortunately. As much of a crime as Eddard Stark’s treason in season 1 and carries a heavy punishment to go along with it. Recently an American Jury forced a student to pay up to $675,000 for illegal downloading and sharing it online. The money was distributed to 4 different record labels for his actions; this just shows how serious this crime is. What is worse is we all commit this crime and any one of us could be brought up on it one day. Think about it, if you were caught, how much could you have to pay? Under US law you could pay between $750 – $30,000 for a single piece of copyright material.
Even if you had a father like Tywin Lannister who was the richest man in all of the seven kingdoms, you still could get pinned with a hefty fine. I honestly wish there were more companies like HBO, who embrace the idea they are the most pirated show ever. People don’t understand that it is free publicity at the cost of a little bit of cash. Please producers, be more like Tyrion and less like Joffery.
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