‘Game of Thrones’ finale breaks illegal download records

By James Hibberd “Game of Thrones” has been setting ratings records for HBO this season, so it’s probably no surprise that the fantasy hit is once again settings records for illegal downloading too. According to piracy-monitoring blog TorrentFreak, the season 4 Thrones finale “The Children” had roughly 1.5 million downloads within just the first 12 hours after the finale aired on the premium cable network, with more than 250,000 users sharing the same file (a record-breaking “swarm” of users). The site estimates that total number of downloads will exceed 7.5 million in the days to come. “The ‘grudgingly pragmatic standpoint’ of HBO regarding piracy is one that everyone in the creative industries needs to adopt. The heavy-handed threats of lawsuits and appeals to internet providers to create expensive barriers around digital files is shortsighted and counterproductive. Use the imagination of your employees for more than creating stories about snow zombies. Think of new and valid revenue streams.” Read the full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/19/showbiz/tv/game-of-thrones-illegal-downloads/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

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