|Title:||Torrenting Game of Thrones-So wrong and yet so right|
|Citation:||MacNeill, Torrenting Game of Thrones-So wrong and yet so right (2017), Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Volume 23, Issue 5, p.545-p.562. Available at https:http://journals.sagepub.com.ezproxy.lib.gla.ac.uk/doi/pdf/10.1177/1354856516640713|
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"This article examines the views expressed by Australians relating to unauthorized digital access to the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. A detailed analysis is undertaken of the online responses to a 2013 Facebook post by the United States Ambassador to Australia, chastizing Australians for their ‘illegal’ behaviour. This analysis is used to critique the dominant framing of the activities of filesharing, torrenting and unauthorized downloading as criminal and those involved in the activity as being influenced by sociological factors. In contrast, the research found that many of the justifications for these behaviours contained in the Facebook comments demonstrated an informed critique of the market mechanisms at work in the distribution networks."
Main Results of the Study
- It appears that the unauthorized downloading and enjoyment of copyright-protected content has become a part of ‘everyday practice.
- Framing of unauthorized downloading within models of criminality is not a productive way of understanding the dynamics of downloading.
- Unauthorized downloading is viewed by many as an ethical act of rebalancing within an otherwise distorted market.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author