The worldwide anti-piracy coalition Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has seized numerous pirate IPTV-related domain names. The newest wave includes more than three dozen new entries to an ever-expanding list. The main reason for this is that, according to the evidence, ACE delivered an ultimatum to the suppliers: shut down and surrender your domains or face more serious legal action.
The worldwide market for legitimate film and TV show content, which is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, has been under assault from pirate IPTV and similar streaming services. As a consequence, many different sorts of businesses are taking extreme measures to limit unlawful supply.
ACE is not afraid of court action, but it prefers compliance.
One of the most important ACE tactics is to use momentum and strength to compel pirates into submission. To sum up, ACE gathers evidence on IPTV pirate operations and then makes an offer that few people would be able to refuse – cease operations or face potentially disastrous consequences. Then they have to shut down anyhow.
The Motion Picture Association requires operators to give up control of their domains in order to use them. Over the previous several years, ACE has seized control of more than 200 domains using this method, and just the previous two weeks. The group has yet to make any statements, but we can disclose that the number of domains ‘captured’ has increased
ACE is very determined.
The move against illicit streaming services comes as part of the MPA’s battle against a variety of unlawful services, with IPTV and similar streaming operations in particular targeted.
Hollywood still considers piracy to be its greatest worry, as reported previously, therefore these busts will not be the last. Indeed, the MPA’s efforts are being recognized at the highest levels, including by Spanish law enforcement, who yesterday gave the industry group the Distinguished Cross of Police Merit with Distinction for its anti-piracy efforts.