Game Of Thrones isn't just one of the most exciting shows on TV- it's also one of the most stolen!
And Jeffrey (not Joffrey) Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia has had enough! He wrote:
"One episode was illegally downloaded about 4,280,000 times through public BitTorrent trackers in 2012, which is about equal to the number of that episode’s broadcast viewers…
As the Ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones in the world…
I realize that fans of Game of Thrones who have used illegal file-sharing sites have reasons. They will say it was much easier to access through these sites, or that they got frustrated by the delay in the first season, or their parents wouldn’t pay for a subscription, or they will complain about some other issue with copyright laws.
But none of those reasons is an excuse – stealing is stealing. Buying a book in a store costs more and takes longer than stealing it from your neighbor’s house, but we all know it is the right thing to do and it allows authors to make a living and write more books.
So please celebrate UN World Book and Copyright Day by doing the right thing – Tyrion Lannister will thank you for it."
Nice! We couldn't agree more! You want your favorite show cancelled because it only gets HALF the ratings it deserves? No way!
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