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A day and a half — or less. That's how long there is until Amazon's new show The Grand Tour comes out, streaming on Amazon Prime. When do we get it in Australia? Not for at least another couple of weeks.

Two months — or more. That's how long there is until the BBC's visually stunning Planet Earth II airs in Australia, on standard definition free-to-air TV.

I want to watch both these shows, a lot. But I can't. Unless I pirate them, or use a VPN.

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Last week the Helsinki District Court decided that Peter Sunde, one of the co-founders of file-sharing portal The Pirate Bay, owes quite a bit of money to the music industry. Specifically, he owes a coalition of Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Universal Music and Warner Music $US400,000 ($533,429), as reported by Torrent Freak. His response? No, screw you.

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Local pirates clearly aren't trying too hard to cover their tracks, with a hefty slice of Game of Thrones season premiere downloads traced back to Australia.

Once again Game of Thrones has smashed records in Australia, with this week's Season 6 premiere attracting 727,000 viewers on Foxtel to become the most-watched show in Australian subscription television history. That's a 30 per cent jump on last year, before you even count Foxtel Play streaming viewers, but not everyone wanting to learn the fate of Jon Snow decided to do the right thing.

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BitTorrent is a great way to transfer and share large files, but it's only as convenient and efficient as the application you use to seed and download them. This week, we're looking at five of the best BitTorrent clients, based on your nominations.

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The BBC has been very accommodating when it comes to providing access to the very latest in Doctor Who content. But how about the not-so-new? Turns out the broadcaster is more than happy to embrace the internet's strengths: it has made available 10 episodes of the most recent season via BitTorrent.

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As I recently discovered whilst trying to teach my roommate about torrenting — educationally, of course — downloading illegal stuff off the internet still isn't the easiest thing in the world. Bitport is a website that's trying to change all that: it will find, download, and stream your torrents to you, all with a stupid level of security and ease.

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After much humming and hawing, Sony released The Interview to the internet yesterday, charging $US6 for the privilege of seeing a CGI Kim Jong-Un go pop. And, because this is the internet, hundreds of thousands of people are repaying the favour by torrenting the crap out of it.

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Living in fear of Hollywood hunting you down for torrenting Game of Thrones? An extremely cut-down copyright law reform proposal spearheaded by government Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis could remove the possibility of direct or financial penalties on Australians who illicitly download copyrighted files.

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The (somewhat unlikely) fact that people who pirate movies are also more likely to spend money on movies has been well-known for a few years now. But thanks to a survey conducted by BitTorrent, we can now put a number on just how generous the pirates are.