Spectrum & ACE Team Up to Crack Down on Password Sharing & Unauthorized Access to Content





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Recently Spectrum announced partnerships with FOX and Disney to crack down on password sharing. Today Spectrum teamed up with The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to crack down on unauthorized access to content through password sharing and inadequate encryption.

ACE was created to help crack down on piracy and has lead several major lawsuits targeting services like Set TV NOW. Now it looks like they are expanding to target password sharing and unauthorized access to content.

“The digital era has led to an explosion of new streaming platforms and a golden age in television,” said Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, Charles Rivkin, who is also Chairman of ACE.  “But its openness has also brought challenges like piracy and unauthorized access that compromise the intellectual property that supports content creators and the economic viability of their work.”

This partnership hopes to create best practices and information on what facilitates unauthorized access, including improper password sharing and inadequate encryption.

“We are very pleased that ACE and its coalition of members have committed through this initiative to take on unauthorized password sharing and other content security practices, and we look forward to working together on this important issue,” said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications. “Consumer, creators, and distributors alike will benefit from collaborative solutions that make content more secure and curtail unauthorized copyright use and distribution, while preserving the customer’s ability to enjoy the content rights they’ve purchased on the network, platform, device, and locations to which they subscribe.”

Recently Spectrum has aggressively attributed unauthorized access to content as one of the reasons for their subscriber losses. Now, this new partnership teams them up with a huge collection of media companies to help fight this trend.

ACE members include Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS Corporation, Channel 5, Constantin Film, Discovery, 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, Telefe, Telemundo, Televisa, Univision Communications Inc., Village Roadshow, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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