ACE SCORES ANOTHER VICTORY OVER AUSTRALIAN-BASED IPTV PIRACY OUTFIT
SYDNEY – The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) has achieved another significant victory in the effort to protect the legal market for creative content and reduce piracy with the recent closure of Aus Media Streaming, a piracy outfit that was selling piracy IPTV set-top boxes and subscriptions. Following an investigation by ACE representatives, Aus Media Streaming has agreed to immediately cease all piracy operations.
This action is part of an ongoing effort to disrupt other similar illegal IPTV/ISD operators and distributors in Australia. To date, ACE has secured the closure of 31 piracy operations involved in the distribution and sale of pre-loaded piracy devices, apps, and IPTV subscriptions.
“ACE is committed to protecting the legitimate international market for creative content through a range of tactics to reduce piracy,” said Karyn Temple, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association. “The closure of Aus Media Streaming is the latest in a series of victories that can protect Australian creators and ensure that legal services can continue to thrive.”
Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) refers to the delivery of programming via internet protocol (IP) networks, one of the foundations of the legal streaming economy when content is properly licensed. But these set-top boxes came pre-loaded with piracy applications and add ons, and the IPTV subscriptions provided access to pirated content via its website, ausmediastreaming.com.au.
Priced at AUD $335, the Aus Media Streaming devices offered a 12-month IPTV subscription to various piracy services (including HD Subs, XTRix, and iView). In all, the piracy outfit was providing illegal access to over 4,000 live TV channels and more than 1,000 on-demand movies and television series from ACE member companies.
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The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) is a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market for creative content and reducing online piracy. The worldwide members of ACE are Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS Corporation, Channel 5, Charter Communications, Constantin Film, Discovery, Foxtel, Grupo Globo, HBO, Hulu, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Millennium Media, NBC Universal, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, SF Studios, Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Star India, Studio Babelsberg, STX Entertainment, Telefe, Telemundo, Televisa, Univision Communications Inc., Viacom Inc., Village Roadshow, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. ACE draws upon the global content protection resources of the Motion Picture Association in concert with the internal content protection expertise of ACE members.