Something that's always interested me when it comes to piracy is this: gamers tend to be vehemently against piracy when it comes to video games, but pretty happy to pirate television. I count myself in that group. Frank admission: I have pirated television shows.
Torrent Freak recently did a survey of who was downloading Breaking Bad and from which location and, surprise surprise, Australia is at the top of that list — not in 'per capita' terms (that would be a landslide) but in terms of a raw percentage. According to Torrentfreak 18% of illegal Breaking Bad downloads came from Australia and, hilariously, Melbourne is the worst offender with 5.4% of the downloads coming from there. I guess you have good taste in TV Melbourne.
As a comparison the US came second, with 14.5% of downloads and the UK came in third place with 9.3%.
Why does Australia pirate so much? Well it could be to do with the fact that it's remarkably difficult for us to watch major shows like Breaking Bad in a timely fashion, but that might just be an excuse. As I mentioned above, I have pirated shows and then bought them later on Blu-ray or DVD. I honestly think we have to take responsibility here for our own actions, but there has to be a better way of making these shows accessible to Australians.