Pirates Beware-Dont even think about Game of Thrones
This may sound like a bad news for most of the fans of Game of Thrones specially the ones who resort to the unethical means of downloading or streaming the newest episode of GOT s07e01. The anti piracy company IP Echelon is monitoring the torrents and has already sent out thousands of warning letters.
HBO's Game of Thrones has held the crown of most pirated TV shows for straight five years as per TorrentFreak and HBO is no mood to retain this title hence they have employed IP Echelon, an anti piracy company to track and record the IP addresses of the devices that are downloading the first episode of season 7 from the most popular torrent sites.
The peer to peer files sharing network is almost impossible to shut down as it doesn't rely on any server, but the IP addresses of the people seeding/leeching are publicly available and that makes it easy to identify the person downloading the copyright material thus resulting in your ISP being dragged to court for copyright infringement, that is the long traditional time consuming process. IP Echelon has fast tracked this by sending warning notices to internet service providers with a request to pass on the message to the violating end user.
As per TorrentFreak, the warning notice may look like this.
Dear xxx Communications,
This message is sent on behalf of HOME BOX OFFICE, INC.
We have information leading us to believe that the IP address xx.xxx.xxx.xxx was used to download or share Game of Thrones without authorization (additional details are listed below). 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.
As the owner of the IP address, HBO requests that xxx Communications immediately contact the subscriber who was assigned the IP address at the date and time below with the details of this notice, and take the proper steps to prevent further downloading or sharing of unauthorized content and additional infringement notices.
We also encourage you to inform the subscriber that HBO programming can easily be watched and streamed on many devices legally by adding HBO to the subscriber’s television package.
We have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material detailed below is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. The information in this notice is accurate and we state, under penalty of perjury, that we are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. This letter is not a complete statement of HBO’s rights in connection with this matter, and nothing contained herein constitutes an express or implied wavier of any rights or remedies of HBO in connection with this matter, all of which are expressly reserved.
We appreciate your assistance and thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Your prompt response is requested. Any further enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include this message with your enquiry to ensure a quick response.
It may occur to you that HBO is trying to push its streaming services which costs $14.99 by doing the above, but lets not forget that piracy is bad.
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