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ACE shuts down ‘ripping and uploading’ operation

May 11, 2021

By Colin Mann

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, the coalition dedicated to reducing online piracy and protecting the creative marketplace, has achieved a permanent end to video piracy outfit NTG Release Group’s illegal activities.

“Ceasing NTG’s operations is yet another victory for ACE and sends a clear message to illegal operators working in the ripping and uploading space that ACE will find you and pursue enforcement action against you,” said Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association. “Unlawful piracy operations like NTG put innovation, creativity and investment at risk, to the detriment of creators, innovators and consumers. It’s why ACE works around the clock from all corners of the world to protect the integrity of the world’s legal film, TV and streaming industry.”

An NTG spokesperson publicly acknowledged the group’s wrongdoing and the harm it has caused to the creative community: “We are aware of the harm that NTG has caused to the many people who work so hard to bring entertainment to a mass audience and we take full responsibility for the damage we have brought to the industry,” the NTG spokesperson said. “We had mistakenly believed that we could hide behind the anonymity of the Internet, but we have been caught and have agreed to shut down.”

One of the world’s most prolific providers of ‘ripped and uploaded’ pirated content since 2018, with 4.600 releases in the last year alone, NTG, also known as ‘Not the Grinch’, illegally made new movies and TV shows available to the public within minutes of a title’s legitimate digital/streaming release.

ACE’s shutdown of NTG signals that the coalition will increase its efforts to shut down operators who run ripping and uploading piracy operations.

“The theft of online content is the single greatest threat to the global creative community,” declares ACE. “It harms both local and foreign films and businesses, threatens jobs, undermines investment, reduces tax contributions to governments, and stifles creativity.”

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