INDIA — Four people have been arrested for leaking an episode from the popular television series, “Game of Thrones,” before it was aired in the country, police announced Monday.
The fantasy series that tells the story of noble families battling for the Iron Throne has become the most pirated show in TV history. In recent weeks, the show has been hit with several leaks following the premiere of the seventh season.
Three of the accused are current employees of Prime Focus Technology, while one is a former employee.
Prime Focus, a Mumbai-based company responsible for storing and processing the TV episodes for an app, had lodged a complaint with police.
Episode four of the seventh season was leaked on Aug. 4, just a few days before it was supposed to air globally.
After receiving a complaint, “we investigated the case and have arrested four individuals for unauthorized publication of the fourth episode from season seven,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Akbar Pathan told AFP news agency.
The four have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses and will be detained until Aug. 21, he stated.
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