HBO has decided to draw the line somewhere and will go after the Game of Thrones pirates on Periscope, the network television has announced.
Although Game of Thrones is the most pirated show on television, HBO has been relatively tolerant towards piracy in the past, but that’s about to change in the wake of the season 5 first-four-episodes leak over the past weekend.
“We are aware of Periscope and have sent takedown notices. In general, we feel developers should have tools which proactively prevent mass copyright infringement from occurring on their apps and not be solely reliant upon notifications,” HBO said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier this year, Periscope was acquired by Twitter, so Twitter responded to HBO’s request by saying it will “look into the accounts of users found to be engaged in broadcasting copyrighted content and may permanently ban repeat offenders”.
Game of Thrones director David Petarca revealed his feelings regarding piracy in a statement.
“I think it really raises the profile of the show and raises the profile of HBO in general… It really helps the show’s cultural buzz, and it does not impact the bottom line because HBO has more than enough money to keep making the show.”
Despite the major leak, the season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones was a huge success, drawing in an estimated 8 million viewers.