'Game of Thrones' director David Petrarca isn't concerned with piracy

By Shawn Knight
Feb 27, 2013
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  1. How do you react to a question about piracy when the hit television program you direct is the most downloaded show of 2012? If you are David Petrarca and your show is Game of Thrones, you simply shrug your shoulders...

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  2. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 116   +9

    I certainly cannot speak for others but I always buy series that are worthy of my money. If they are not I do not buy them, although I will watch them for free.

    Game of Thrones is a series I will buy on Blu-ray because I feel that it is worth owning, same with Band of Brothers, Breaking Bad, and a few other shows that are actually exceptional.
  3. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 188   +41

    People honestly need to think with this kind of mentality. If your show is not getting enough views, the piracy should at least help spread the word really. It might actually draw more people in, to actually subscribe so they can watch it. Or download / stream it maybe, there's all sorts of ways to watch something.

    If your show is just a terrible thing, does it really matter if people pirate it? It might actually draw in some viewers, who might otherwise ignore it. Or at least form a reason why a show, should possibly be cancelled. Those figures can help make or break shows, yet they all worry about the bottom line dollars they feel are lost.

    So many old things lost in time also, that don't get reruns, boxed episodes or the like. Those can draw in more fans also, and likely inspire revivals if at all possible. There's so much that they can't understand, eventually that mentality will be out the door. They just get too cushy with their jobs, and feel that they help keep things flowing. When in fact they do just the opposite sometimes.
  4. Ravik

    Ravik Newcomer, in training Posts: 44   +8

    The music industry has the biggest reason for concerns in piracy, as the current trend in that industry is "digital storage" on one's own hard drive. Movies and games are much too large to feasibly store hundreds of movies, so piracy on this level is much more like an advertising tool.

    Musicians probably have the biggest reason to complain, but then again...they didn't really help themselves by boycotting digital distribution when it was a young market (I.e. Metallica). You reap what you sow, I suppose...

    -Ravik-
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,017   +683

    Yeah, everyone supposedly buys it if it's worth the money. I wish I could throw away my Dr. bill if I'm still feeling sick, but that's not how it works.

    If they cared about piracy they'd find a way to sell it to people now without an HBO subscription. Buying the season later is great, but not everyone wants to wait another year before they see it.
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  6. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 857   +75

    I pirated the first season and then bought the books. I couldn't wait to see what happened next.
  7. JudaZ

    JudaZ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 292

    Nice to hear that not all of Hollywood is brain dead., and actually understands how the world works.

    Personally Game of thrones are not my thing. I prefer Asian series and movies , but since I cant pay for them, because they apparently do not want my money... I have to pirate to watch ..

    If I could pay for it, and it was actually sold where I live , I would pay for it , happily.
    Do pay for Crunchy Roll but they have only limited stuff though. Still a good start for a legal way to watch what I want .
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,420   +281

    The Oatmeal covered why GoT is pirated so much. Many people love the show enough they would be happy to pay for every episode, they just don't want to have to be a cable subscriber with the HBO package to get it. They simply cannot get it legally in any other way.

    See: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones
  9. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    Well, if you can't stop all the piracy, why even bother? The new rules are just going to make it more difficult for the legal TV watchers to acquire their TV.

    If you want to pirate you can just circumvent the internet company's restriction using an offshore proxy, so the new rules are completely ineffectual because a small portion of the people will find a way around them. So, no rules should be put in place at all.
  10. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 265   +77

    The net saved CHUCK for seasons 3-5 and I bet Firefly could have been saved easily with the same mass canvassing of the corporations that provided commercial revenue to that time slot.. ( chuck). People who would never have a chance to watch either show are given that chance on the internet, which allows them to in turn support the product.


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