Another “ring” for ACE: this time, the TV Company ring

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ACE, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, the anti-piracy partnership of the Motion Picture Association and more than thirty producers of movies and other high value video programming, announced the complete shutdown of the global video piracy ring called “TV Company.”

The “TV Company” sites were managed by the same operator, offering more than 700 live television channels with both US and Eastern European TV channels as well as over 7,000 VOD titles featuring US and European content.  The “TV Company” ring engaged with consumers by subscription.

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Sites managed under the “TV Company” ring included Polish TV Company, Russian TV Company, Ukrainian TV Company, Israeli TV company, Turkish TV Company, German TV Company, Arab TV Company, and IPTV Anywhere.  The sites now all redirect to ACE’s Watch Legally landing page.

The shutdown action was conducted in Brooklyn NY with the cooperation of the site operator.

Read the ACE press release (Feb 16, 2022)

Why it matters

This case is one of several spearheaded by ACE which have come to light in recent weeks.  ACE and IBCAP (International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy), a similar antipiracy organization focused on non-US content distributed over US pay TV and online services, are both US-based, operate internationally, and both use legal initiatives against pirates.  This contrasts with European antipiracy efforts, where we tend to hear more about the law enforcement aspects such as arrests and asset seizures.

In ACE’s words, “The theft of digital content harms both local and foreign films and businesses, threatens jobs, undermines investment, reduces tax contributions to governments, and stifles creativity.”

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