Piracy Not Really Hurting Game of Thrones, Most Pirated TV Show of 2012, Says Director

7cf6gameofthronesmeme Piracy Not Really Hurting Game of Thrones, Most Pirated TV Show of 2012, Says Director

The HBO show Game of
Thrones was the most pirated television show of 2012,
according to TorrentFreak, which explains most of the downloads
(up to 4.28 million per episode) happened overseas, where access to
the premium cable channel and the show is limited. By
TorrentFreak’s account, the show is a particularly popular download
in Australia. The subject came up in a panel down under featuring
the show’s director. Via the
Sydney Morning Herald:
Panel mediator Rosemary Neill noted ;Game of
Thrones ;was the most pirated show of 2012 and that 10 per
cent of the downloads came from Australia.

But [the director David] Petrarca shrugged and said the illegal
downloads did not matter because such shows thrived on “cultural
buzz” and capitalised on the social commentary they
generated.

“That’s how they survive,” he told the crowd gathered at the
University of Western Australia.
Network executives don’t share the sentiment. Piracy of
television shows is
apparently growing faster than music and even movies, and some
executives are looking to mimic the campaign waged against piracy
over the last decade by the record industry. But despite the RIAA’s
contention otherwise, illegal downloads can actually fuel sales.
One 2009 study showed people who downloaded music for free (legally
or otherwise) were
ten times more likely to pay for music and another study

showed albums leaked online before their release enjoyed a
(minor) sales benefit from that extra availability. Even the
Wall Street Journal has explored the added value of
piracy to the music business.
The creator of the long ago cancelled HBO show
Carnivale, meanwhile, bemoaned the way copyright works in
the television/film business. In an interview last week with the AV
Club about how Carnivale would’ve finished (had HBO let
him do something, anything, with the ideas to which they bought the
copyright), Daniel Knauf
explained:
But one of the things that makes me a little crazy
about Hollywood is, they’re idiots when it comes to their
contractual stuff. If I write a novel, it’s like Random House
publishes the novel, copyrights it, but when you do business in
Hollywood, they say, “Everything in this thing, in all forms, in
all potential forms invented and uninvented…” The language is
draconian! “…throughout the universe. We own everything in your
head. We own everything.” And it’s like, “If you own everything, at
least exploit those rights, please. Could you please exploit the
rights? And if you’re not going to exploit the rights, can I at
least have them back, so I can exploit them?” It’s just a silly way
of doing business. They do it because they can, and that’s
all. ;

Let’s say I take a new-project idea to Sony, and they give me that
language. I go, “You know, this whole
copyright-influential-property thing, I’m not so hot on that. I’ll
take less money if I can retain the copyright or the ancillary
rights,” they’d say, “Take a fucking hike.” If I go, “Well then,
I’ll take a hike. I’m going to go to Warner Bros.” And Warner Bros.
has the ;exact same ;contractual language. It’s
basically an illegal trust. It’s like the mob. Artists are first to
give up intellectual rights to do business with Hollywood. But
they’re not rights you give up in any other medium. It’s
BS. ;
Check out Reason TV’s Q&A with Jerry Brito on why copyright
law is so Mickey Mouse in the first place:

h/t Mark Sletten

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