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'Game of Thrones' pirated a billion times

Kit Harington left and Emilia Clarke GOT

This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington, left, and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of "Game of Thrones." The series set yet another audience record Sunday with its seventh-season finale. Nielsen says an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers were tuned in to the wildly popular fantasy drama. An additional 4 million caught the episode on streaming channels. (Macall B. Polay/HBO via AP)

The seventh season of Game of Thrones has been illegally downloaded or streamed more than one billion times.

According to a report from anti-piracy firm MUSO, the seven episodes of Game of Thrones season seven each averaged 14.7 billion illegal views through September 3.

Within the first 72 hours of its initial broadcast, the season premiere was illegally downloaded or streamed more than 90 million times. The season finale was illegally downloaded or streamed more than 120 million times within its first 72 hours.

Of the 1.03 billion total piracy instances for the season 84.66 per cent were streams, 9.12 per cent were torrents, and 5.59 per cent were downloads.

"Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest global entertainment phenomena of today and activity across piracy networks has been totally unprecedented," said Andy Chatterley, co-founder and CEO of MUSO.

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