ABC’s The Slap, the TV mini-series based on Christos Tsiolkas’s novel of the same name, has garnered itself a small international audience. Just not small enough to fly under the radar of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT); AFACT has gone after a number of websites offering the show for download and forced them to shut down.
According to TV Tonight, download links from fans on the show’s Facebook page prompted producers to give AFACT the heads-up. One site in particular, “ViewTheSlapOnline” was targeted and brought down, though the report states a larger torrent site, diwana.org, also faced AFACT’s wrath.
In semi-related news, BBC Four has acquired the rights to the series, so it will be screened in the UK at some point in the future.
While these sites may have been the more significant offenders in AFACT’s eyes, it will do little to stem the flow of the show via other channels, such as, well, every other torrent site on the internet. Is this how AFACT should be spending its time, or do you believe there are other, more urgent areas, it should be addressing?
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