Game of Thrones Most Pirated TV Series in the World

…and its creator doesn’t much care, and has some thoughts on how the world’s distribution networks are part of the problem.

Which of course they are. The harder you make it for people to get your content, the more incentive you give them to pirate. Despite all the futile condemning and attempts at shaming, the fact is that this Cartoon by The Oatmeal still illustrates why making it harder to get content hurts businesses. Scream all you want about how piracy is theft, or people who indulge in it are just entitled whiny losers/scum/whatever: most people will never listen to you because they know damn well it’s not the same thing, and never will view it as the same thing no matter how much you browbeat them and insist that they see it your way. Content distributors should be finding more ways to work with things like the Torrent universe to make a profit off of people who just want to see stuff, rather than futilely setting up barriers that merely frustrate but do not stop people.

Or, you know, you can keep screaming that copying intellectual property is exactly the same thing as stealing money out of someone’s wallet, and most people will continue to think you’re batty. That’s up to you I guess. As someone who owns intellectual property himself and thinks it’s an important concept, I can still see how futile screaming about it is, always has been, and always will be.

         

Author: DEAN ESMAY, Guest Voice Columnist

Dean Esmay is a long-time associate of Joe Gandelman and The Moderate Voice. He is Managing Editor of A Voice for Men. He also blogs on a variety of issues at Dean's World, one of the world's first blogs and one of the few that was archived as Historically Significant by the Library of Congress for the 2004 elections. You can also follow Dean via Twitter here.

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  1. Seriously, they want to horde their episodes that’s up to them. I’d be more than willing to pay a download rate for stuff without having to get Showtime, but I don’t even have regular TV so that will never be an option. They want to even set up a way to get their stuff online that would be nice too, but as far as I can tell HBO and Showtime simply don’t do that. I have to get a TV, get cable, get their way overpriced channel package for the one or two shows I want to watch, yea right. They don’t even have to set it up themselves, they could just work it out with Netflix or Hulu, but no. You hit it on the nail Dean, these guys are asking for it.

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