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Game of Thrones leaked episodes triggers angry response from HBO

HBO is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Home Box Office Inc., an operating subsidiary of Time Warner and has been angered by the showing on Sunday night of episode 5 of Game of Thrones. This has resulted in the broadcaster sending “take down” notices to Periscope, which is the live-streaming video app owned by Twitter. However Twitter seems unconcerned by the threat as they maintain that the Periscope app complies fully with US copyright law. The verbal battle rumbles on with HBO indirectly criticising the video streaming company, suggesting that developers have the tools to prevent copyright infringement for occurring on their apps, suggesting that presently they only react to copyright infringement allegations rather than trying to prevent them happening.

This row has done little to quell the excitement of seeing the first of the series five of Game of Thrones, this was aired in the US on Sunday and in Europe the episode was seen on Monday. There is nothing new about illegal downloading of the popular series as it is reported that episodes of the first four in the series was downloaded illegally a staggering seven million times in the period 5 February to the 6 April this year, and it was 45% greater than the same period of last year, according to piracy specialist Irdeto, perhaps demonstrating how the show is gaining in popularity.

Such is the desire to see the series the number of illegal downloads runs into hundreds of millions which we understand from Van der Sar, of the Torrentfreak news website, who commented that the whole of the Periscope issue is not an issue as Game of Thrones is already posted online at very high quality on several other services; he considers it is more of an issue for sporting events.

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