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Game of Thrones Piracy in Russia: 180,000 Takedowns, Mirror Wars & Capitulation

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Anti-piracy outfit Group-IB has released data on what it took to protect Game of Thrones from online pirates in Russia. Across the last four seasons alone, the firm executed 180,000 successful takedowns, more than 43,700 since Season 8 began. The response from pirates was interesting, from creating mirror sites to reinstate search traffic to converting their pages to legitimate fan hangouts.

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There have been many stories published about Game of Thrones, mostly due to its massive viewing figures.

However, the now-concluded show wasn’t always viewed on legitimate platforms, something which made it the most-pirated show in TV history.

While breaking records on all platforms is something that many shows will settle for, behind the scenes there’s a constant battle against piracy. Over in Russia, that task has fallen to anti-piracy company Group-IB.

After working on behalf of streaming service Amediateka, which has held the exclusive distribution rights to Game of Thrones in Russia since April 2015, Group-IB has today revealed some of the facts and stats from its four-year campaign.

The headline figure is that since the launch of Season Five, Group-IB has carried out successful takedowns against 180,000 links to illicit copies of the show on websites, forums, and social media.

As the infographic below shows, enforcement was something of a crescendo, growing rapidly as the seasons progressed (bars represent takedowns during the seasons’ airings).

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During Season 8, Group-IB’s team took down more than 43,700 links to pirated versions of the show in Russian.

While that’s a large number of takedowns in itself, those were spread far and wide, spanning 1,098 different websites. More than 90 of those sites were designed specifically to spread pirated copies of the show.

Like all takedown campaigns, Group-IB also placed an emphasis on removing links to pirated copies of the show from search engines. Yandex is Russia’s most popular portal so it’s no surprise it chose to focus there.

The company reports that more than 30,000 links were removed from the search engine. Group-IB informs TF that they were all links to streaming websites but also of interest was the pirates’ response to those takedowns.

According to the anti-piracy company, the operators of the sites were unprepared for their links to be removed from Yandex, so began taking counter-measures by duplicating their platforms to ensure a new search engine listing.

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Amediateka, home of HBO in Russia

“In response to the blocking, online pirates struck back by creating mirrors on a daily basis – copies of their websites with new but very similar domain names. For instance, one of the pirates created more than 20 mirrors on their subdomains,” Group-IB reports.

“However, according to the pirates’ forum posts, the owners of pirate websites were not ready for the ‘attack’ on them: ‘Looks like somebody just wiped the links out. Some of the pages disappeared… some of them do not appear in search results’,” Group-IB reports, citing the operators’ comments.

The anti-piracy campaign also targeted social media and by default VK.com, Russia’s largest social networking site. Interestingly, after filing numerous complaints with VK, some of the groups on the platform reportedly decided to go straight, converting from places to host pirated videos to become Game of Thrones fan pages.

“Group-IB Anti-Piracy team filed many takedowns through VK moderators who forced the groups’ owners to remove infringing content,” the company informs TF.

“The groups which kept publishing pirated content despite the warnings from VK were banned. Others, which removed the infringing content, turned into fan pages so as not to lose traffic that can be converted to advertising revenues.”

Finally, some thoughts from Andrey Busargin, Director of Anti-Piracy and Brand Protection at Group-IB.

“For us the battle against online pirates, trying to profit off the illegal distribution of the Game of Thrones in Russian, was as fierce as for George R.R. Martin’s characters,” Busargin says.

“I would also like to highlight Amediateka’s commitment to counter online piracy in Russia: they brought in Group-IB Anti-Piracy team ahead of time and have been making continuous efforts to popularize legal viewership of the Game of Thrones making it available on its website, in movie theaters all over the country and even on the stadium.”

While there will always be historic GoT links to clean up, Group-IB also protects other titles, including True Detective, Billions, The Good Wife, and Westworld. Game of Thrones may be over, but the takedown work will persist for years to come.

 

 

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Ryrynz
Posted (edited)

The neverending war with Capitalism..

How pointless is it really to have people spending their time trying to undo someone else's time for basically no real net effect?
If the content was free then nobody would need to make copies, nobody would need to host them, spend their time listing them, people wouldn't need to search for them, people wouldn't get inferior copies, nobody would need to chase and delete links, nobody would need to have their lives destroyed over piracy.. and so on.. What a absolute waste of human labour, life and potential.

Edited by Ryrynz

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halvgris

to the cost of?.

blocking links and sites takes time and money. release the shit at the same time.

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steven36
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rutor.info 

rutracker.org

nnmclub.to

toloka.to

kinozal.tv

 

All these sites still have it in Russian  Dubbed audio  . Russia is like the UK  most torrent sites are already blocked  so they don't care  :tooth:

 

Also  i searched  for Игра престолов / Game of Thrones / Сезон: 8 / Серии: 1-5 из 6  one the 1st sites i found was a Russian  streaming site with like 9 different  release groups from Russia to chose from of GOT and you change the quality  360p / 480p / 720p / 1080p   so who did they block? :think:  XDM  will let me  download video from it even.  :lmao:

 

this  site have it i found a bunch of Russian sites were have HQ streams

 

 

Selection 015

 

 

Also i found other site were has direct  download links  with Russian and English audio tracks witch is good for me .:pirate:

 

Selection 014
 

Edited by steven36

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