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Piracy: 21st Century Problem Or Norm?

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Updated 03/2/2013 1:44am
Piracy: 21st Century Problem Or Norm?

Melissa LoParco


Staff Writer

 

It seems as though there is an unwritten rule about piracy in the 21st century; we all know it is illegal, and yet, you know we all do it on some level.

It has been one of the biggest debates on both the federal level and in Hollywood for quite some time, but it just continues.

One of the Game of Thrones directors, David Petrarca, recently said at the Perth’s Writers Festival that piracy doesn’t matter. In 2012 Game of Thrones was the most downloaded show of the year, but to Petrarca it’s about the “cultural buzz,” or the mentality that more (viewers) is better. One of the reasons for Game of Thrones being the most downloaded show is the fact that it is an HBO show, and not everyone has or can afford HBO. Fortunately for myself, I do have HBO at home, but I know that if I was living alone I would definitely be one of the millions downloading it.

I think we could argue that even though fans are downloading television shows, it doesn’t mean that the shows aren’t making money; if you find something you like, you are eventually going to buy it or something related to it, right?

So maybe you don’t pay for HBO, because it isn’t worth it for the number of shows you watch, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t go out and buy the entire season on DVD or any merchandise that comes out in relation to the show.

I honestly don’t know what is in the future for piracy and the laws that surround it, but hopefully it allows for us all to continue watching our most beloved shows. 

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