On the occasion of the start of the seventh season of Game of Thrones, there are many torrent pages that want to get a slice of it. HBO is unwilling to lose its domains and has started to monitor unofficial downloads very closely . As they tell us from Torrentfreak, the service is beginning to monitor some of the most popular torrent platforms. For this, it is sending hundreds of notices to users who are using its connection to download and share the first episode of the seventh season.
To analyze and save all the IP addresses that have downloaded the chapter, HBO has turned to the IP company Echelon . And, the list of IP addresses that are being downloaded and shared in this file is in the public domain. In any case, if HBO wanted to know what the identity behind an IP address is, it would need to bring the operator that offers said network to trial. It is a rather long process, so from IP Echelon they are requesting the operators in an illegal way to send notices to the users who were dedicated to downloading the following files:
- Game.of.Thrones.S07E01.720p.WEB.h264-TBS [eztv] .mkv
- Game.of.Thrones.S07E01.720p.HDTV.x264-AVS [eztv] .mkv
- Game.of.Thrones.S07E01.HDTV.x264-SVA [eztv] .mkv
- Game.of.Thrones.S07E01.HDTV.x264-SVA [rarbg]
- Game.of.Thrones.S07E01.WEB.h264-TBS [ettv]
This means that if you have been one of the users who have downloaded the first chapter of the seventh season of Game of Thrones via torrent , you could receive a message like this:
We have information that leads us to believe that the IP address xx.xxx.xxx.xx has been used to download or share Game of Thrones without authorization. HBO has the exclusive rights to the series. Downloading or distributing it constitutes copyright infringement. Downloading content that is unauthorized or unknown is also a risk to computers, devices, and networks.
Through this strategy HBO intends to scare users who do not want to pay a monthly subscription for the service. Either way, veterans will already know that an IP address is not associated with a specific person. Therefore, it is not easy to incriminate someone in particular.