DRAGONS AND DREADFUL DEEDS TV show Game of Thrones has set a new record, as the second episode of its fourth series was shared almost 200,000 times and downloaded 15 million times.
According to a report at Torrentfreak, it took mere hours to create the biggest swarm of attention that a Bittorrent file has ever seen, apparently because one of the worst gits in TV history was poisoned in it.
"A few hours after the second episode came online the Demonii tracker reported that 193,418 people where sharing one single torrent," reported the website. "145,594 had a complete copy of the episode and continued to upload, while 47,824 were still downloading the file."
We've been here before. An episode of the second series was such a smash hit on the torrent websites that Bittorrent came forward to distance itself from 'piracy'. Bittorrent objected to its name being linked to 'piracy' and said that it did not want to be associated with filesharing records.
"The idea of a 'Bittorrent Piracy Record' is a complete fabrication. Because there's actually no such thing as a 'Bittorrent piracy record'. Because piracy happens outside the Bittorrent ecosystem," wrote Bittorrent VP of marketing Matt Mason.
"We don't host infringing content. We don't point to it. It's literally impossible to 'illegally download something on Bittorrent.' To pirate stuff, you need more than a protocol. You need search, a pirate content site, and a content manager. We offer none of those things. If you're using Bittorrent for piracy, you're doing it wrong."
This time around it is the torrent tracker Demonii that totted up the numbers, but again it is Bittorrent that is named as the facilitator of downloading.
Last time around Mason said that there is a much more popular torrent then Game of Thrones anyway, and that was uploaded to the system by its creators.
"We discovered that the real king of Bittorrent isn't Game of Thrones. With 8,626,987 downloads, hands-down-most-downloaded show of 2013 via Bittorrent is Epic Meal Time; a show published into Bittorrent willingly and legally by the creators themselves. That's nearly double the claimed downloads of the Game of Thrones finale," he said.
"Let's be clear; we are huge fans of Game of Thrones, and we encourage you to watch it - legally. But the internet has spoken. And, honestly: we can't say we're surprised that bacon won Bittorrent."
We cannot say what HBO, which makes Game of Thrones, thinks about this, but in the past it has said that it is okay with downloading because of the attention that it brings to its shows.
Earlier this month we decided which phone makers are most like some of the houses in Game of Thrones, in our Game of Phones feature. µ
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