One day after Britain's Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) spoke out against the extensive pirating of HBO's Game of Thrones -- it reportedly was the most illegally downloaded TV series of 2012 -- the head of HBO programming played down the significance of the bootlegging. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Michael Lombardo took note of the fact that the second season of Thrones set a record for DVD sales. I probably shouldn't be saying this, he remarked, but it [the piracy] is a compliment of sorts. After all, he noted, it hasn't affected demand. It certainly didn't negatively impact the DVD Sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network. Actually, he remarked, what concerns him most is that the pirated copies are often of poor quality. However, he added, No, we haven't sent out The Game of Thrones police. FACT has said that Thrones piracy is damaging not only to the companies that have invested in it but also to the economies in the areas where it is filmed.
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