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Things We Saw Today: Thor: Ragnarok Accidentally Leaks, and Pirates Are Having a Field Day

A Norse God-size mixup let some people download Thor: Ragnarok from iTunes a month before the film was meant to be available.

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Supergirl Pilot Leaks Online Way Ahead of Series Debut

Or "leaks," depending on your level of skepticism.

The Supergirl pilot isn't scheduled to officially air on CBS until November, but a high-quality version has leaked online in one of the earliest leaks for a TV show. Really, we don't blame people for being that unable to wait.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere Sets Ratings Records Despite the First 4 Episodes Being Illegally Uploaded

We've posted about Game of Thrones piracy and ratings so much in the past it almost loses all meaning but let's jump into the fray once again, shall we?

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The Most Pirated Movies of 2014 List Is Full of Your Genre Faves

We known people chronically love downloading Game of Thrones, but what movies took the yarrrcake in 2014?

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No Clash of Kings: HBO’s Game of Thrones Retains “Most Pirated TV Show” Crown

Shiver me White Walkers!

It's good to be the King?

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Guinness World Records Makes It Official: Game of Thrones Is The Most Pirated TV Program Ever


Game of Thrones has been the most pirated show on television since 2012 - and it's about to be awarded (?) the honor of being The Guinness Book of World Records' "Most Pirated TV Program" ever. Torrents are coming.

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Doctor Who Script Leak Leads to Disciplinary Action

They'll be sorry. So sorry.

BBC Worldwide has begun pursuing disciplinary action in response to the script and episode leaks last week.

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Bring Me My Brown Pants!: Game of Thrones Breaks Yet Another Piracy Record

Yar har fiddle de dee, do what you want 'cause a pirate is free.

Another big Game of Thrones episode, another piracy record broken. Season four finale "The Children" smashed the record previously held by "The Lion and the Rose." And the season three finale. And the season three premiere.

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Technology and Anime, a Beautiful Love Story


It’s 2014. It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m checking my queue on Crunchyroll to see if some of the anime series I’ve been following this season have been updated. Technology has altered the way I consume anime, and sitting in front of my computer is a far cry from my childhood self sitting in front of the TV in 1985. I desperately waited for the next episode of Robotech to air because I wanted to see if Rick Hunter would choose Lin Minmay or Lisa Hayes. Of course, my 10 year old self had no idea that Robotech was actually culled from a Japanese animated series called Super Dimensional Fortress Macross and the whole saga was stitched together from three different series to make the 65 episode count for daily syndication.

I just wanted my love triangle and my mecha space battles, okay?

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Today In Unsurprising News: Genre Television Ranks Highly Among The Most Popular Pirated Shows

Elsewhere on the internet

As has been shown time and again, people who download the most pirated media also tend to purchase more than others. Given that geeks are known for being voracious media consumers, it's no real surprise that genre TV tops the torrent charts. (Not that we condone such things.) Piracy tracking firm CEG TEK took a look at the top ten TV shows downloaded via Bittorrent last week, as well as the top ten networks whose stuff was being shared. Game of Thrones, shock of shocks, holds the top spot, followed by The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and Arrow. In seventh place, you'll find Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Closing out the list at #10 is Once Upon A Time. (We've got the full chart below.)

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Latest Game of Thrones Wedding Breaks Piracy Records, George R.R. Martin Reacts To The Recent Episode

Hear Me Roar

This does not surprise me. Also read on for what A Song of Ice and Fire novelist, George R.R. Martin had to say about recent episode events. Spoilers will be marked as such, you're good to go until then.

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Some Guy Got Detained by the FBI Homeland Security for Watching a Movie Wearing Prescription Google Glass [Updated]

Some people don't get how movie piracy works, and those are the people who care about movie piracy.

Last weekend, a man in Columbus, Ohio went to go see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with his wife and, in an ironic twist, ended up being interrogated by the FBI Department of Homeland Security for an hour instead. The reason? He was wearing Google Glass.

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Congratulations, The Hobbit, You Are This Year’s Most Pirated Film

My Precious!

An Unexpected Journey, the first installment of the Hobbit trilogy, was kept neither secret nor safe this year.

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Game Of Thrones Maintains Title Of Most Pirated TV Show For Second Year In A Row

It is known

And here's their acceptance speech, "I'd like to thank the cable companies for keeping a strangle hold on paid channels, the internet, and especially HBO for letting us show so much crazy sh*t." 

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With New Google Deal, You Can Finally Watch Game Of Thrones On Something Other Than HBO

Good News Everyone!

Fans of HBO series like Game of Thrones have often expressed their disdain for not being able to legally watch the show on anything but the paid cable network. That's changing as HBO has made a deal for their series to be available on Google Play for the first time. 

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Things We Saw Today: The Grumpy Catbus

Things We Saw Today

Timothy Doyle created this memetic Miyazaki mashup masterpiece for an upcoming Lil Bub gallery show at Spoke Art. (io9)

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French File Sharing Law Claims Its First Victim

One French citizen faces a fine of up to 600 Euros and a two week disconnection from the Internet for sharing files online.

After sharing a file or two and ignoring warnings from the government to knock it off, an as-yet-unnamed French Internet user has become the first person fined under France's controversial 'Hadopi' law -- a statute that gives file sharers "three strikes" before swooping in with draconian measures like hefty fines and disruptions in Internet service. In addition to a fine that could be as much as 600 euros, the individual will reportedly have their Internet service cut for up to two weeks.

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Congratulations, Game Of Thrones Finale, You Set A New Piracy Record!

It is known

The Season 3 finale of Game of Thrones may not have broke a ratings record but it did set a new bar for piracy.

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The Entertainment Industry Wants Congress to Let Them Give You Malware

Pirating content is bad, mmkay? That doesn't make it okay for the content creators to install malware on your computer.

The entertainment industry would like you to stop pirating things. They've tried digital rights management, prosecuting file sharers, and even making films like The Last Airbender that were so bad nobody would want to pirate them. Nothing's worked. You jerks keep stealing content, so now the industry is asking Congress to let them install malware on your computer to get you to knock it off.

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Anti-Piracy Group Caught Pirating Photos for Their Website

There are few things more amusing than anti-piracy advocates being caught, well, pirating. It's the best kind of hypocrisy, if that's a thing. That's the situation Canadian anti-piracy company Canipre found themselves in this week after it was revealed that they totally didn't receive permission to use a bunch of the images associated with their website. Oops.

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