Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Join Studios Fighting Online Piracy13 Jun, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
In the wake of recent online hacks, Netflix, studios and other content creators June 13 announced the formation of a coalition to combat online piracy.
Dubbed the (ACE), it includes AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS Corp., Constantin Film, Foxtel, Grupo Globo, HBO, Hulu, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Millennium Media, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, SF Studios, Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Star India, Studio Babelsberg, STX Entertainment, Telemundo, Televisa, 20th Century Fox, Univision Communications Inc., Village Roadshow, The Walt Disney Co., and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Working with the Motion Picture Association of America, ACE will conduct research, work closely with law enforcement to curtail illegal pirate enterprises, file civil litigation, forge cooperative relationships with existing national content protection organizations, and pursue voluntary agreements with responsible parties across the Internet ecosystem.
With more than 480 online services worldwide available for consumers to watch films and television programs legally on demand, online access to entertainment generates $1.2 trillion to the economy supporting more than 5.5 million jobs.
At the same time, ACE said there is an estimated 5.4 billion downloads of pirated movies and primetime television and VOD shows using peer-to-peer networks worldwide. In 2016, there were an estimated 21.4 billion total visits to streaming piracy sites worldwide across both desktops and mobile devices.
Most recently, Netflix, Disney and others saw unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content by hackers after rebuffed ransom demands.