Game of Thrones director David Petrarca has been forced to clarify comments he made about online piracy not really causing many problems.
The Swords and Nubile Blonde series holds the record for being the most pirated television series in history, mostly because it is popular and the studios could not agree on getting common release dates.
Speaking last weekend to the Perth Writers Festival, Petrarca, who has worked on top telly shows including Game of Thrones and True Blood, said he did not think the downloads affected the overall success of the show.
All seems fair enough, but the problem was that it was singing off the Big Content hymn sheet which states clearly that piracy is killing off the entertainment industry and undermining the success of top shows.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Petrarca appears to have had a sudden change of heart. He said that some media had taken the comments out of context to make it look like he condoned illegal downloading. He clarified he's absolutely against the illegal downloading of any content.
He said that he was 100 percent, completely and utterly against people illegally downloading anything.
Petrarca said his point was that the downloads demonstrated that the shows were in such high demand that people were willing to go to great lengths to find ways to watch them, particularly in countries like Australia where the shows were not seen for some time after they air in the United States.
He said that a buzz is created by the fact that so many people want it. Petrarca said he hoped people would one day be able to legally obtain shows from anywhere in the world and not be limited by where they were.
This is still singing off the Big Content hymn sheet, as it implies that the studios do not know their arse from their elbow by trying to block distribution in an age where people can pirate films if they do not get them quickly. However, he might get away with that comment.
Petrarca said that it was his hope that technology will find a way to take care of the piracy problem as nobody wins by illegally downloading content.
He said that most pirates would be willing to pay for a show they love.