Four people who worked for a media company involved in distribution of Game of Thrones in India have been arrested after a leak, Reuters is reporting.
The quintet allegedly leaked an unaired episode of the HBO's hit series, police in Mumbai said on Tuesday. The leaking of the episode on August 4, titled "The Spoils of War," was separate from the recent massive hack on HBO. That hack included the theft of proprietary information, such as programming.
Three of the accused work for Prime Focus Technologies, a Mumbai-based company that processes the series for Indian streaming website Hotstar. The fourth is a former employee.
The four have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offences. They appeared in court and were remanded until August 21.
Game of Thrones is distributed in India by Star India, a subsidiary of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. The fantasy drama, which has a huge following in South Asia, is already the most pirated show on television and has been bedevilled by repeated leaks of episodes before they air.