Amazon, Netflix, HBO, and 27 other companies form "ACE" anti-piracy alliance
Entertainment giants have forge a new alliance called ACE (Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment) which goal is to reduce piracy online and sue streaming content copyright infringement:

"Global Entertainment Companies Join Forces to Launch the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment to Reduce Online Piracy"

"The goal, according to ACE's press release, is to build on ongoing efforts to curtail piracy and in that regard, the group will utilize its members' expertise as well as the that of the Motion Picture Association of America. ACE will conduct research and work with law enforcement as part of its anti-piracy efforts.

"The group said that as digital entertainment continues to grow, so does the threat of piracy, adding that last year, streaming piracy sites raked in a whopping 21.4 billion visits.

"ACE, which has launched a website at, brings together a diverse group of companies — many of which compete with each other. The members are: Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS, Constantin Film, Foxtel, Grupo Globo, HBO, Hulu, Lionsgate, MGM, Millennium Media, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, SF Studios, Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Star India, Studio Babelsberg, STX Entertainment, Telemundo, Televisa, Twentieth Century Fox, Univision Communications, Village Roadshow, the Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment."

"The coalition is significant for the MPAA and major studios, as it may be a more efficient way to monitor online piracy and end duplication of efforts by non-member companies. While it falls short of ideas that have been floated at the MPAA in recent years — like adding new members — it marks a new level of coordination among multiple stakeholders. It’s unclear how much ACE will reduce costs for content protection among the member companies."

"Rather than the somewhat fragmented anti-piracy approach currently employed by ACE members separately, the coalition will present a united front of all major content creators and distributors, with a mission to cooperate and expand in order to minimize the threat.

At the center of the alliance appears to be the MPAA. ACE reports that the anti-piracy resources of the Hollywood group will be used “in concert” with the existing anti-piracy departments of the member companies.

Unprecedented scale aside, ACE’s modus operandi will be a familiar one.

The coalition says it will work closely with law enforcement to shut down pirate sites and services, file civil litigation, and forge new relationships with other content protection groups. It will also strive to reach voluntary anti-piracy agreements with other interested parties across the Internet.

MPAA chief Chris Dodd, whose group will play a major role in ACE, welcomed the birth of the alliance.

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