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About 30 content creators and on-demand entertainment companies from around the world have launched the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a new global coalition dedicated to reducing online piracy.

ace 13 june 2017Inaugural members include: Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS Corporation, Constantin Film, Foxtel, Grupo Globo, HBO, Hulu, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Millennium Media, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, SF Studios, Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Star India, Studio Babelsberg, STX Entertainment, Telemundo, Televisa, Twentieth Century Fox, Univision Communications Inc, Village Roadshow, The Walt Disney Co and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

In recent years, the legal marketplace for creative content has grown exponentially, as film and television companies have invested heavily in digital distribution models. There are now more than 480 online services worldwide available for consumers to watch films and television programs legally on demand. However, as more creative content moves online, piracy poses a continuing threat to creators, consumers and the economy.

Films and television shows can often be found on pirate sites within days – and in many cases hours – of release. Last year, there were an estimated 5.4 billion downloads of pirated wide release films and prime time television and video-on-demand (VOD) shows using peer-to-peer protocols worldwide, according to ACE. There were also an estimated 21.4 billion total visits to streaming piracy sites worldwide across both desktops and mobile devices in 2016.

ACE will draw upon the global antipiracy resources of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in concert with the internal antipiracy expertise of the ACE coalition members. It will conduct research, work closely with law enforcement to curtail illegal pirate enterprises, file civil litigation, forge cooperative relationships with existing national content protection organisations and pursue voluntary agreements with responsible parties across the internet ecosystem.