The popularity of The Slap has led to the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft shutting down pirate websites that were hosting unauthorised files of the show.
AFACT was alerted to illegal sites after being contacted by distributors for production company Matchbox Pictures.
Producers became aware of the problem when people began posting links to the pirate site on the official Facebook page for The Slap.
The illegal site was called ViewTheSlapOnline but a much bigger torrent site based in The Netherlands, diwana.org, was also shutdown.
Diwana.org, which hosted other Australian content including Packed to the Rafters and Wild Boys, has now published a complaints letter directed at Matchbox Pictures. The letter claims the actions have “caused the destruction of a 40,000 strong vibrant international community that took active pleasure in sharing content that generally was completely unavailable to them.”
Sources from MatchBox Pictures told TV Tonight piracy undermines major investment in drama production and jeopardised future productions.
But the problem may not be over yet, with other pirate sites with The Slap still operating.
The ABC series has been sold to BBC and the Sundance Channel in Europe.