Kodi could face its biggest battle yet as entertainment giants join forces to tackle piracy

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Just days after a major Kodi addon mysteriously disappeared from the web, the controversial online streaming service could find itself the target of another global crackdown on piracy.

Earlier this week, some of the world’s biggest entertainment companies, content creators and movie studios joined forces to try and put an end to online piracy once and for all.

30 leading organisations, which includes Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, HBO, BBC Worldwide, The Walt Disney Company and Twentieth Century Fox, among others, formed the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

The purpose of ACE is for its 30 member organisations to pool resources and work more closely with law enforcement officials to tackle online piracy.

“By joining ACE, we will work together, share knowledge, and leverage the group’s combined anti-piracy resources to address the global online piracy problem,” said Netflix general counsel David Hyman.

“There are bad players around the world trying to profit off the hard work of others.”

“The illegal distribution of copyrighted content impacts business, the creative community, and the consumer viewing experience,” said Leah Weil of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“As the landscape of the industry evolves, the range and threat of piracy expands with it.”

“Films and television shows can often be found on pirate sites within days – and in many cases hours – of release,” ACE said in a statement.

“Last year, there were an estimated 5.4 billion downloads of pirated wide release films and primetime television and VOD shows using peer-to-peer protocols worldwide. There were also an estimated 21.4 billion total visits to streaming piracy sites worldwide across both desktops and mobile devices in 2016.”

Only time will tell how much of an impact ACE can have tackling online piracy.

But likely to be firmly in its sights are the pirates who use platforms such as Kodi to illegally stream movies, TV shows and sporting events.

Torrent sites such as the Pirate Bay, which was this week dealt a major blow after a Swedish court ruled the site infringe copyright, is also likely to be target of an anti-piracy crackdown.

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