I break the law several times a week. In my bedroom. On my own.
And on Monday, 1.5 million people joined me.
That’s how many people illegally downloaded the Game of Thrones finale because they wanted to watch it immediately.
Sure, it’s theft, it’s piracy, it’s criminal. But if infringing copyright for the sake of fantastic television is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
My computer’s got software that tricks my internet into thinking I live in America so I can get Netflix (which I pay for). It’s got a torrenting device so that I can download episodes of TV shows for free. It’s how I watch Julia Louis Dreyfus in VEEP (season 3 is magnificent). It’s how I get Orange is the New Black, Suits, Arrow, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Parks and Recreation, New Girl, and of course GOT.
And I will not stop doing it until we can access all that amazing TV for a decent price here at the same time it airs overseas.
Now, I might do my piracy from bed on my own, but I’m not alone. Australians download more TV illegally than anywhere else. We’re mad for it, we can’t get enough.
New Yawk comedian Louis C.K. put it so perfectly, I want to find him and kiss him on the mouth. Here, this is exactly why we Australians commit TV theft on a massive scale:
Preach, Louis. Preach.
He’s absolutely right – everyone in Australia downloads TV illegally because we really have no choice. Even morally upstanding citizens with mortgages to pay and kids to feed do it. There is no affordable alternative. And these shows are so good, simply going without is not an option either. People who wait (sometimes months) for TV shows to come out in Australia on Foxtel or on DVD are basically saints. How they got through life without immediate access to Breaking Bad, I will never understand.