In the US, Game of Thrones is wildly popular on BitTorrent, even though it is easily purchased on HBO, streamed on HBO Go, or downloaded on iTunes. But what happens when there’s no legal alternative? Does that make it stealing?
According to Kevin Spacey, star of the Netflix original series House of Cards, this isn’t a gray area. “House of Cards is really big in India, I discovered,” Spacey told reporters at the International Film Academy Awards earlier this week.
“Except isn’t it funny that Netflix doesn’t exist there yet? Which means that you’re stealing it.”
The comments demonstrate the somewhat parallel universes between the music industry and other forms of media, including TV. Of course, the music industry is renowned for not adapting and subsequently dying, though the question is whether the TV (and film) industries are learning any lessons.