Four people are under arrest in India after leaking an episode of the popular HBO television show Game of Thrones before it was aired in the country.
Police said Monday that an investigation began after receiving a complaint for a company when the episode was leaked before its scheduled air date, August 7, CNNMoney reports. Deputy Commissioner of Police Akbar Pathan told AFP, “we investigated the case and have arrested four individuals for unauthorized publication of the fourth episode from season seven.”
A Mumbai-based company that stores and processes the show’s episode’s for an app filed the complaint. Three of the men arrested work for Prime Focus Technologies, the company that handles Star India’s data. Star India has the rights to air the television show in the country. The fourth person arrested is a former employee of Prime Focus Technologies.
Star India released a statement Tuesday addressing the incident.
“This is the first time in the history of Star India that an incident of this nature has occurred. We are deeply grateful to the police for their swift and prompt action.”
A spokeswoman for Star India told CNNMoney that the leak was completely unrelated to the much larger hack that HBO experienced just days prior. According to that report, hackers claim to have 1.5 terabytes of data, and reportedly posted episodes of several HBO shows including Game of Thrones, Ballers, Room 104 and the upcoming show Barry on a website called “winter-leaks.com.”
The four men arrested in India are accused of criminal breach of trust. They will be detained until August 21 while police continue to investigate.
Game of Thrones, the most pirated television show in TV history, is a narrative about noble families in a fantasy world competing for the Iron Throne.
According to Yahoo News, the show has won more Emmy Awards than any other narrative show in history. It airs in 170 countries.
Feature photo: HBO