PIRACY LOVE IT and hate it company HBO is currently in the latter mode and reportedly sending letters to people suspected of wanting to pirate boobs and dragons show Game of Thrones.
A report on TorrentFreak said that an anti-piracy partner called IP Echelon has sent letters to thousands of people and done the rounds of the kind of websites that might host episodes of the programme.
"As the owner of the IP address, HBO requests that [ISP] 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 unauthorised content and additional infringement notices," said the letter that is going out to service providers, according to the TorrentFreak report.
The letter added that the provider recommends that the end user, or the person associated with the IP address, should be educated about the official alternative, which would be to subscribe to HBO.
"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," it said.
Punters are warned that there may be security problems associated with the downloading of such content and the visiting of such sites. We are hearing this more and more often.
Google's most recent transparency information shows that IP Echelon is a regular contact and has a particular thing about asking for links to HBO content to be removed.
Google's figures from May this year show a weekly demand for HBO-related URL removal of 14,606,158, which is over half of the median total weekly request tally of 26,211,438. µ
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