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Dammit Australia, stop pirating GAME OF THRONES

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Ok kids, gather up, and confess your sins. Let’s be honest here. Most of the time, the only way to watch a new TV show, is to download it. Whether you do that through pay sites, or torrents, it doesn’t matter. It also doesn’t matter when Pay-TV options do their best to not live up the R700 subscription they charge you every month, and instead run repeat after repeat of Come Dine With Me and other cooking-based reality crap.

Your pirating is bad, and you should feel bad as well! Especially you…Australia!

US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich isn’t too happy with the Ozzie downloaders that are seeking an up to date version of Game of Thrones, as he believes that doing so is a threat to foreign national policy. Which is why he wrote the following letter on Facebook via Kotaku to urge people to stop “the Game of Clones”. Here a snippet of that long letter:

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. While some people here used to claim that they used pirate sites only because of a delay in getting new episodes here, the show is now available from legitimate sources within hours of its broadcast in the United States.

The ambassador is just one of the many, many fans of the show it seems, and with  the 17th annual UN World Book and Copyright Day being held earlier this week, you could say that the letter was timed well.

“I realize that fans of Game of Thrones who have used illegal file-sharing sites have reasons,” continued Ambassador Bleich. “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.

I tend to agree with the ambassador on some points. It doesn’t hurt to wait a day to watch a new show, such as right now with Doctor Who. New episodes premiere on the BBC on Saturday nights, while us local Whovians get to watch it the following night on the BBC Entertainment channel. But at the same time, it’s kind of a rubbish argument that the pirating of Game of Thrones is hurting the show. If anything, it’s actually helping that show out.


But my main gripe here is that our local TV options are by and large just plain failing at providing a decent service. The alternative options out there, are so much better. Web TV is going to take off, and mark my words, it will make a difference in the pirating circles.



Last Updated: April 26, 2013

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