Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 04:03 UTC
Multimedia, AV "With over 3 million downloads per episode, the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is without doubt the most pirated TV-show of the season. Data gathered by TorrentFreak shows that most of the pirates come from Australia, while London tops the list of pirate cities. But why have these people turned to BitTorrent?" Because in order to get it legally, I have to take a monthly subscription costing me €15 per month. So instead, I buy the season box sets as they come out, and download them every Monday morning in the meantime.
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The convenience of piracy
by kokara4a on Mon 21st May 2012 10:05 UTC
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It was mentioned already in this thread but I think it deserves a discussion of its own - piracy is just so much more convenient than legal content:
* No DRM
* Comes in a variety of widely supported formats
* No unskippable bullshit
* Very fast downloads; well, not always, but if it's a popular torrent I can hit 5-6MB/s (B is for bytes, not bits)! No single server has ever provided me with downloads so fast. And I never stream - only download. So slow downloads are a show stopper for me.
* I need only use my browser to find it - so I can do it on any platform (I'm looking at you, iTunes!)

If I am to pay for content it has to have all the features listed above before I even consider it for purchase. To me a download amounts to piracy only if it's available for purchase while passing the checklist above. And since this is not the case for majority I am, therefore, not a pirate - I'm "stealing" a product which is not available for purchase.

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