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Time Warner's CBS blackout could be fueling online piracy

John P. Mello Jr. | Aug. 12, 2013
Illegal downloads of Under the Dome rise after TV network blocked by cable operator.

TorrentFreak's conclusions are reasonable, noted Sherwyn Siy, vice president for legal affairs for Public Knowledge.

"It makes sense that people are willing to pay for something, willing to get it through legitimate means, but if they can't or are frustrated in that, then they're going to try to get the content they want through other means," Siy said in an interview.

People become attached to their TV shows and don't expect them to randomly disappear every time there's a dispute between corporate offices, Siy explained. "So when their shows are suddenly yanked, they want to keep up with their stuff," he added.


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