HBO Puts Game of Thrones Pirates On Notice That They Are Being Monitored
HBO is now actively monitoring torrent activity and sending out warning letters to Internet service providers (ISPs) whose subscribers are using their connections to illegally download
"We have information leading us to believe that the IP address xx.xxx.xxx.xx was used to download or share Game of Thrones without authorization," the notification starts out.
"HBO owns the copyright or exclusive rights to Game of Thrones, and the unauthorized download or distribution constitutes copyright infringement. Downloading unauthorized or unknown content is also a security risk for computers, devices, and networks," the letter adds.
This same situation played out last year and the year before that in regards to the fifth and sixth season of Game of Thrones. What we can surmise is that HBO is no longer taking rampant piracy in stride and will continue to try and track and ultimately stop Internet users from downloading and sharing its content. It is a futile battle in terms of wiping out piracy, though the letters might be effective in stopping some people from downloading future episodes. That is probably the best that HBO can hope for.
As added motivation, HBO encourages ISPs to let its subscribers know that there are ways of legally streaming HBO content on various devices by adding HBO to their television package.
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