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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > File-Sharers Are Targeted over Game of Thrones Leak

File-Sharers Are Targeted over Game of Thrones Leak

File-Sharers Are Targeted over Game of Thrones Leak

Added: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
HBO was quick to target thousands of Internet users who shared the first leaked Game of Thrones episodes. It should be noted right away that the notifications sent out by HBO don’t imply any legal consequences for the users, but HBO believes they can help prevent some users from pirating future episodes. The pre-release leak of 4 episodes of the most popular TV show became one of the most prominent TV piracy cases ever.


The copies were leaked from a review screener of the Games of Thrones and instantly spread across BitTorrent websites. By now, they have been downloaded millions of times. According to statistics, most downloads occurred via BitTorrent, but it seems that HBO was mostly concerned with just a few dozen people who did this via Twitter’s Periscope. Nevertheless, BitTorrent file-sharers were targeted as well.

A few days ago, HBO sent out a pile of takedown requests to the services that shared the unauthorized content in public. All of the requests came in the standard format. HBO used its anti-piracy partner IP-Echelon to request ISPs to relay the alerts to their subscribers associated with the infringing IP-addresses. The instructions received by broadband providers included steps from contacting the account holders engaged in the pirating to taking steps to prevent them from further sharing of HBO content without authorization. The Internet service providers were encouraged, but not required, to take additional measures including disconnecting the repeat infringers under their own Abuse Policy/Terms of Service Agreement.

This kind of warnings refers to DMCA notices, and HBO does not know the real identities of the alleged file-sharers. This is why there are no legal strings attached for the pirates. However, HBO hopes that the DMCA warnings will deter some from pirating future episodes. They may be right – ordinary users may panic when seeing that they are under radar. On the other hand, not all notifications are effective – for example, some notices were issued to VPN users, though they can’t be identified and therefore never get to see them in the first place.

It is understandable that containing the leaks of the most profitable TV show in the world is important for HBO, but copyright infringement notifications themselves are nothing new – HBO has been sending them out over the years, with not much success though.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-04-29 14:21:13)
No avatarIdiots, You kill a snake by cutting its head! clearly File-Sharers were not source of the leak.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-04-29 19:43:59)
analogkid6103 avatarIf I wanted too do as you say jun2015 I would also want want to destroy or otherwise ruin the line of distribution as well.
They are 100 percent opposed to file sharing they don't want any to happen, not even once. And they have a money machine backing there play.
If they ssend out a hundred notices and just 10 get scared that goes strait in the profit margin. I would say it was worth doing.
If I were an unconnected third party. They are in it to win it and they will use every tool at there disposal to accomplish the job even if it comes down to hiring guys with wire cutters and boltcutters to get it done.
The skys the limit and they know it, they will spend every penny they ever earned/stole/begged and borrowed to stop us.
Cause when/if they win they will get it ALL back and then some.
And if they lose they are like dinosaurs trying to outstay there welcome. This is a winner take all contest.
And the opposition is all in.
If it were a movie plot what do you think the outcome would be?

posted by (2015-04-30 04:01:06)
Juliustmouse avatarDoesn't matter. Pirates are the future. If the media industry could find a way to bond with piracy, they could maybe make a profit or save some loss, but they'd rather fight. Scaring ppl away from piracy is their best line of defense right now. It's the most effective. Even if it only get 5-10% of ppl to stop.

posted by (2015-04-30 08:30:51)
No avatar#2, I get it, but in this case those 4 episodes were leaked before airing! which is very wrong in my view. All i'm saying is that in order to ensure something like this doesn't happen again efforts should be directed within organisation(employees+press).

posted by (2015-04-30 13:39:43)
johnmc963 avatarIronic that you guys would complain against piracy and justify hbo's action on a PIRACY site. sheesh

posted by (2015-04-30 19:08:11)
sweetneden avatar#5 if i could like a comment it wold be yours lol

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