Less Than Official Means

In our sixth and final episode for series 2, Clinton is once again joined by John Chidgey to discuss piracy and Game of Thrones. Why do people pirate and what lengths to copyright holders go to prevent piracy? Also a mini rant on the Australian release date for The Lego Movie and how much UltraViolet sucks.

Thanks for coming back on the show, John, always a pleasure to have you on.

You can follow John on Twitter, check out his site, TechDistortion and his podcast Pragmatic

Show notes


Digital Content: When Will Aussie Law Catch up?


High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection

1080p iTunes Movies, iTunes Extras and The AppleTV

Stop Online Piracy Act

Piracy Lawsuits in Australia: Am I at Risk?

Court Orders UK ISPs to Block Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay could be blocked in UK after High Court ruling

iiNet Wins Landmark Copyright Case Against Hollywood Studios

Interview: Gabe Newell

In general, we think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate’s service is more valuable. Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customers use or by creating uncertainty.

Our goal is to create greater service value than pirates, and this has been successful enough for us that piracy is basically a non-issue for our company. For example, prior to entering the Russian market, we were told that Russia was a waste of time because everyone would pirate our products. Russia is now about to become our largest market in Europe.

Game of Thrones Most Pirated TV-Show of 2012

‘Game of Thrones’ Most Pirated TV-Show of 2013

Downloads Don’t Matter

‘Game of Thrones’ Director David Petrarca Shrugs Off Piracy, Says it Doesn’t Hurt The Show

Game of Thrones Creators Say Piracy Doesn’t Harm Profits

I Tried to Watch Game of Thrones in Australia And This is What Happened

Game of Thrones Foxtel Kerfuffle: Who’s to Blame?

Pricing & Plans

Game on: Foxtel takes on Game of Thrones pirates with new cut-price plan

Mobile World Congress And Foxtel Presto: Vertical Hold

Further reading

Game of Thrones Pirates Break BitTorrent Swarm Record

Game of Thrones Crowned Most Pirated TV-Show of the Season

Game of Thrones Currently The Most Pirated TV Show

Who’s Pirating Game of Thrones, And Why?

‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin on piracy, video games, and new shows with HBO

On Pirate Bay, Virgin Media And Anonymous

How TV networks are battling the ever-growing wave of content piracy

HBO making all original series available internationally one week after US broadcast

HBO’s Game of Thrones broadcast strategy aimed at thwarting piracy

Why Veronica Mars embraced UltraViolet and angered fans

UltraViolet: DRM by any other name still stinks

DRM is far more damaging than piracy – Super Meat Boy developer

Music piracy is down: A lesson for Hollywood

New research: music piracy should not be a “concern for copyright holders”

Don’t Like Content Exclusivity? Get Used To It

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