Last night I watched the Game of Thrones finale. Opinion on the content aside it amuses me that it’s apparently “the most pirated TV show ever”.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) had this to say:

What you hope is that even though people watch it online, they will still buy the DVD. At the end of the day it's stealing. I know it doesn't feel like it but it is and it's not right.

You know what? I’m not going to buy the DVD. Also, it’s not stealing. I can’t steal something that doesn’t exist. I’m not talking about an intangible file – that exists, what I mean is that the service I want to pay for doesn’t currently exist and as such stealing from it isn’t possible.

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At least Michael Lombardo (programming president at HBO) isn’t too torn up about the fact that so many of us want to watch his content.

I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it is a compliment of sorts.

The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.

The main thing that seemed to bother him was that pirates should at least be getting decent quality encodings of the show!

I’d gladly pay a small amount to add GoT to a digital library just like any other shows. I’m not willing to pay DVD pricing though and given that the marginal costs are so low on digital I see no reason why my pricing point isn’t feasible. Perhaps not all the time but for a sale, for example.

Oh and defining copyright infringement as “not right” is a bit of a stretch. I’m not saying it is right simply that the concept of copyright is fairly abstract as it is. I don’t feel stealing is appropriate behaviour, certainly, but the comparison doesn’t work here as it’s not stealing in the traditional sense.

The fact that shop-bought DVDs contain mandatory trailers, adverts, and anti-piracy notices do little to sway me towards paying. Get a godsdamned grip – offer me real ways for us to give you money or pay Valve to sort out your digital strategy. Stop making criminals of people that want to be your customers.


I wish I wasn’t repeating myself by saying all that.

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