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Game of Thrones

April 22nd, 2015 by

game of thrones - Daenerys_Targaryen_Game_of_Thrones_5_Emilia_Clarke

So, did I download the entire new season 5 of Game of Thrones and use that as an excuse to post a pic of a lovely topless girl, namely Daenerys Targaryen? No on both accounts. I’ll watch this show on TV. However, the boss of HBO likes piratism and thinks it benefits the show. Just read this:

“…in response to a question about whether the network kinda-sorta regards the extensive theft of HBO’s flagship show, Game of Thrones, as a compliment, Bewkes said, “I have to admit it, I think you’re right.” The much-discussed fantasy series is HBO’s most popular, and “if you go to people who are watching it without subs, it’s a tremendous word-of-mouth thing,” the exec told investors. “We’ve been dealing with this for 20, 30 years—people sharing subs, running wires down the backs of apartment buildings. Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs. I think you’re right that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world,” he said. “That’s better than an Emmy.”

Read the full article here. It’s from 2013 but nothing has changed since then.




Studies and research

May 3rd, 2014 by

There are tons of studies and meta-studies about the effects of media piracy – and just to be sure you don’t assume anything, many of them show how piracy has a positive effect on paid and legal media consumption. Just to mention two reasons why piracy can be a positive contributor; when you can sample and try songs, books and movies for free, you take chances more often and will be exposed to things you didn’t know, and will go on to buy it if you like it. And second, if you copy from friends, family and internet buddies, you are more likely to find things you like because people you are familiar with know your taste and you know their taste, so the chances of finding something you feel is worthy of buying increases.

I won’t go into all the studies or even try to summarize them, as they are too many, but I will mention one quote which is important to have in mind. The following quote is not the findings of all studies, because the studies cover so many aspects of p2p and piracy, but for several studies to actually find the following should make any hardcore antipirates think twice about their black & white view on piracy:

The biggest music pirates are also the biggest spenders on recorded music. Our German results appear to confirm this finding–in fact, extravagantly so. German P2P users buy nearly 3 times as much digital music as their non-P2P using peers.

Here are two links that lead to pages that link to a huge amount of studies:

If you are interested in what science, academia and professional surveys KNOW about media piracy rather than what you THINK about it, check out these pages and studies.





Pirate Bay documentary

March 5th, 2013 by

Simon Klose has filmed a documentary about The Pirate Bay, and encouraged everyone to make it available around the net, so here goes:



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