ACE action forces pirate operation closures
November 1, 2019
By Colin Mann
The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) – a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market and reducing online piracy – has achieved another major win when the operator of two giant sources of illegal, unauthorised content, agreed to cease all operations.
Prior to this ACE action, Openload and Streamango were massive piracy outfits. Openload alone had more than 1,000 servers in Romania, France, and Germany, and generated more traffic than many leading sources of legal content, including Hulu, HBO Go, Sky, and the websites for CBS News and NBC News. It provided pirated content to 72 per cent of the top 50 illegal video streaming and linking sites in the world.
“ACE is committed to protecting the legal marketplace for creative content through a range of legal and operational tactics—and this is a great step toward that goal,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association and Chair of ACE. “For years, these two pirate operations failed to take meaningful action to stop the dissemination of the illegal content, harming creators and misleading consumers.”
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) named Openload in its 2018 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, citing its practice of incentivising users to upload unauthorised content in exchange for free downloads.
As a result of the coalition’s action, the operator behind both pirate operations is required to stop operating the services and pay a significant damage award.
Most recently, ACE has also secured permanent injunctions against Vader Streams, Dragon Box, and TickBox.