At a Q&A in Australia, Game of Thrones director David Petraca answered a few questions about the show. Of particular interest is his response to the high rate of piracy for Thrones. From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Panel mediator Rosemary Neill noted Game of Thrones was the most pirated show of 2012 and that 10 per cent of the downloads came from Australia.
But Petrarca shrugged and said the illegal downloads did not matter because such shows thrived on “cultural buzz” and capitalised on the social commentary they generated.
“That’s how they survive,” he told the crowd gathered at the University of Western Australia.
Winter Is Coming: Many fans have used this exact same argument, but it is interesting to see someone connected with the show make the same case. Does this change your opinion on the pirating of Game of Thrones?
UPDATE: Petrarca goes in to more detail about his views on piracy in this radio interview. The piracy discussion begins at 9:15. To summarize his comments, he does not condone piracy but mentions that more people having access to material is great. He hopes that a legal method of distribution can be instituted and worries that if it doesn’t happen TV may end up like the music industry.
UPDATE: HBO has issued a statement regarding Petrarca’s comments. Via the LA Times:
“’Game of Thrones’ is sold worldwide, available legally on a large variety of viewing platforms and is one of HBO’s most popular series,” the statement said. “With that kind of success comes a great amount of social media chatter so can’t say we see an upside to illegal downloads.”