IPTV Legal Essentials - Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment ("ACE") Pursuing Piracy Cases.
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A.C.E. Alliance Overview
ACE is a global coalition of content creators and on-demand entertainment services providers who seek to address the growing issue of online piracy.
According to Wilkipedia:
"Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) is a coalition launched on June 13, 2017 of over 30 major global entertainment companies and film studios aimed at protecting profits from copyrighted material. The stated mission of ACE is to protect profits, drawing on the anti-piracy resources of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The organization plans to conduct research into online pirating, lobby law enforcement to stop and sue pirate enterprises, file sweeping civil litigations, and to "pursue voluntary agreements with responsible parties across the internet ecosystem" — such as search engines and broadband providers. They shut down the streaming providers Openload and Streamango on the 31 October 2019. The organization promotes itself as marking a new level of coordination among multiple stakeholders."
ACE includes some of the world's largest and most respected motion picture and television rights owners including:
- Apple TV
- AMC Networks
- BBC Studios
- Bell Media
- Canal+ Group
- Channel 5
- Constantin Film
- Discovery Inc.
- Grupo Globo
- Millennium Media
- NBC Universal
- SF Studios
- Sony Pictures
- Star India
- Studio Babelsberg
- STX Entertainment
- Univision Communications
- Village Roadshow
- The Walt Disney Company
ACE seeks to identify and take action against digital piracy of copyrighted film and television content.
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Overview of Demand Letter
A demand letter may be a simple warning notice or could be more serious - for example - a precursor to litigation. Do not make the mistake of picking up the phone and calling ACE Alliance or the MPA assuming that just being a "nice guy" will take care of the issue. In some cases, you are in a pre-litigation setting and anything you say may be documented, recorded, and potentially be used against you later.
Contact an IPTV Defense Lawyer
If you are accused of engaging in illegal streaming or broadcast of movies, television shows, or other content without authorization or a proper license, you may receive a legal demand letter from ACE in Sherman Oaks, California. When you get this letter, it is important to:
(1) NOT talk to anyone else
(2) immediately call IP copyright legal counsel
(3) Do not run to destroy evidence, for example by throwing your computers in the San Francisco Bay!!
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