For over a year now the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), which represents some of the largest names in entertainment including Netflix and Amazon, has fought IPTV services. Now they are targeting companies that help make IPTV possible according to a report from TorrentFreak.
After successfully shutting down a growing number of IPTV services, ACE is now targeting Clipwatching and Fembed, arguing that they host pirate services and make it possible for them to run. ACE is asking the courts to force Cloudflare to hand over the personal information of the associated account holders. If ACE wins, Cloudflare will be forced to hand over the billing and contact information for the accounts linked to Clipwatching and Fembed.
The hope is that ACE can stop the growth of piracy services by taking away their ability to find hosting online. This action is part of a growing trend of going after the services that make piracy possible including payment processing centers and hosting. It allows ACE to not only take down one pirate service but also a long list of pirate services at the same time.
ACE Members include Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS Corporation, Channel 5, Charter Communications, Comcast, Constantin Film, Discovery, Foxtel, Fox Corporation, 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.
For now, we will have to wait and see if this action is successful. Look for more efforts like this going forward.
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