With "Game of Thrones" currently in the lead as the most pirated TV series of all time, it was probably inevitable that some intrepid early adopters of Periscope, the app that lets Twitter users livestream content in real time, would turn their cameras TV-ward in order to broadcast Sunday's (April 12) series premiere.
Which they did, in record numbers. (Stealing your parents' HBO GO password, on the other hand, is so 2014.)
But before you decide that you, too, want to stream the sprawling fantasy series to all your followers, whether they've paid for HBO or not, you should know: Big Brother is watching, and he is peeved.
According to Deadline, HBO is both aware of the Periscope problem and decidedly displeased by it, saying, "In general, we feel developers should have tools which proactively prevent mass copyright infringement from occurring on their apps and not be solely reliant upon notifications."
In other words, HBO is already sick of issuing individual takedown orders to every schmoe who aims his phone at the television on Sunday night, and would like Periscope to take the initiative to solve the pirating problem themselves.
Of course, that probably won't happen even if such a thing were possible, which we're not entirely sure it is, until or unless Periscope comes with facial recognition software that automatically shuts down your livestream when it detects the presence of a Stark or Lannister.
In the meantime, though, don't be surprised if your attempt to spread the joy of "Game of Thrones" results in the suspension of your account.