Four people have been arrested in India for leaking an episode from HBO’s Game of Thrones television series before it was aired in the country, police said Monday.
Already the most pirated show in TV history, the popular fantasy drama – which tells the story of noble families vying for the Iron Throne – has been plagued by leaks in recent weeks following the premiere of the seventh season.
After receiving a complaint for a company “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.
He said the four – accused of criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses – would be detained until August 21 amid an investigation.
The case was filed by a Mumbai-based company responsible for storing and processing the TV episodes for an app, local media said.
The four arrested were company employees who possessed official credentials giving them access to the episodes, the reports added.