Come on Aussies, this is serious. The US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, has set aside diplomacy to issue a drastic call for Australians to stop pirating Game of Thrones.
In a missive posted on his official Facebook page at 3:14am Tuesday 23 April
(he was obviously up late deliberating about it, drinking whiskey and typing furiously) Bleich takes the extraordinary step of targeting Australians over the HBO show, as they are "some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones
in the world".
He writes, "I realize that fans of Game of Thrones who have used illegal file-sharing sites have reasons. They will say it was much easier to access through these sites, or that they got frustrated by the delay in the first season, or their parents wouldn't pay for a subscription, or they will complain about some other issue with copyright laws. But none of those reasons is an excuse - stealing is stealing. Buying a book in a store costs more and takes longer than stealing it from your neighbor's house, but we all know it is the right thing to do and it allows authors to make a living and write more books."
In all seriousness, Game of Thrones is available to watch in Australia within hours of its US broadcast via Foxtel. A digital streaming deal from Quickflix was also announced this month.
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