ACE sues Omniverse for copyright infringement
February 18, 2019
By Colin Mann
Members of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) – a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market for creative content and reducing online piracy – have filed a lawsuit in the US District Court of Central California (Western Division) against OmniverseOne World Television, Inc. and its owner, Jason M. DeMeo, for violating US law by illegally streaming copyrighted content.
“Omniverse’s illegal services, and the downstream ‘Powered by Omniverse’ entities, undermine the legitimate market for legal and licensed services, a harm that has grown as Omniverse has expanded,” commented ACE spokesperson Richard VanOrnum. “This action is part of a long-term effort to protect the thriving legal marketplace for creative content, which now offers 140 legal online services for film and TV content in the United States, and more than 460 around the world.”
The litigation continues ACE’s ongoing civil litigation efforts against piracy services and operators, including Tickbox and Dragon Box.
“I’ve seen first-hand how creators are economically harmed by piracy enterprises, which is why today’s ACE litigation – and the MPAA’s work helping make it happen – is another strong step forward protecting the rights of artists,” declared Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO, the Motion Picture Association of America. “All parts of the creative enterprise, from the largest production companies to the smallest creative outfits, benefit from the MPAA’s robust content protection work. The piracy of creative content is a serious and deeply personal threat everywhere, particularly for the millions of people whose livelihoods depend upon a healthy film and television industry.”