I tried to watch Game of Thrones: A tale of trying to resist piracy

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I tried to watch Game of Thrones: A tale of trying to resist piracy

I think all of us have at some point in our lives, despite being willing to fork out the cash, have been unable to obtain content from legal sources. It isn’t a matter of price, it’s a matter of convenience and quality. The online retail platform Steam and ITunes has gone to prove that if you make legal downloads easy, people will buy.

Sure there will be those who will still pirate even when they can afford it but more often than not, a good proportion of these people are the sort who won’t spend much on things anyway unless absolutely forced to. Chances are, the applicaiton/game publishers aren’t losing that much money over this group of people.

As for me personally, although I am a supporter of P2P, I am also a huge supporter of legal downloads and software. As long as it’s affordably priced, available quickly, high quality and DRM free. I fall into a large group of people who are willing to pay if the content providers made it simple to do so. Unfortunately, especially living outside the US, such legal content in Malaysia is abysmal. You go to the local original DVD shop and the licensed copies are worse than the pirated versions and spammed with advertisements that you cannot skip. The cinemas at least in my town, often break down  mid-way through a movie or have their sound/picture distorted. There’s hardly any digital content available online beyond the usual suspects such as Steam/Apple AppStore and this doesn’t address the shortage of digital content for movies and music. Chances are, if it’s not on Astro (our local satellite TV provider), you’re not going to be able to get it unless all you want are crappy on-demand movies of mostly obscure shows or drama laden Chinese drama.

Sometimes, even when it does arrive in Malaysia, it’s censored to the point it affects your enjoyment.

This comic from Oatmeal illustrates the many woes of getting legal content.

Please do check out the Oatmeal comic, (clicking on the image brings you to the original source).

However there’s also an excellent article on the converse view posted on Film School Rejects.

In brief the article comes to the following conclusions:

  1. Pirating is wrong.
  2. HBO is a subscription service. You either pay to see it now or you wait and see it later.
  3. HBO and Game of Thrones are particularly vulnerable to pirating because of their subscription service business model.
  4. Hurting Game of Thrones through piracy won’t change HBO’s business, it will just get the show cancelled.
  5. The Oatmeal, while pointing out the flaws in the subscription based business model, is wrong to condone the pirating of material, especially when it is available on DVD and Blu-ray in two weeks.

What are your thoughts on this? Should we deny ourselves entertainment if we can’t legally get it or simply be patient enough for the Blu-Ray and DVD versions to be released?

0 Comments

  1. Bazinga says:

    Fuck legal channels. Not in this cuntry. I’ve had the customs department confiscate my movies and books because it was “counter-culture”, or else they let you have it but only after they stick a fork in your rectum to extort “tax payment”, or other such rubbish. I’m not willing to let others dictate what I can or cannot read/watch. Ever.

    Oh, have you guys tried watching Game of Thrones on ASTRO’s HBO? Entire segments are missing because we simply MUST be shielded from the sight of human genitalia in all their glory. Wouldn’t want our morals to be corrupted and denied entry into a fictitious paradise, now would we? You are fools if you choose to meekly accept this insult to your intelligence (assuming you have any).

    Music is a different matter. I very often support obscure bands by actually buying their music, either via Amazon or iTunes. It does requires some finagling with the help of a VPN service, though, to bypass the ridiculous region-based purchase restrictions.

    Whatever the case, this issue is much more complex and involves too many other factors, depending on which county you live in, to discuss here in detail.

  2. Bazinga too says:

    I agree with Bazinga. Fark them! Fark them all!! wahaha

  3. PirateTek says:

    Easy; do both. Pirate it for speed and convenience, and buy it later if the show deserves its price.

  4. Bazinga says:

    You do realize that the latter doesn’t absolve you of the former, right?

  5. PirateTek says:

    It doesn’t legally, but I don’t give a shit about that. There are plenty of things that are immoral to do, but are legal to do, and there are plenty of things that are illegal to do, but not immoral.

    Legality has nothing to do with morality. The only purpose of a law is to maintain order.

  6. Bazinga says:

    You’re preaching to the choir. No need to get pedantic. Legality? Morality? Please. *stifles laughter*

  7. prasad says:

    Legality has nothing to do with morality. The only purpose of a law is to maintain order. Well that was in the past, now laws are just purchased to make the rich richer. They start in the US and move onto the rest of the world.

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