A federal district court in the Central District of California found that Altered Carbon’s operator, Jason Tusa, repeatedly violated copyright law by operating several unauthorized streaming services and profiting from the thousands of illegal streams of copyrighted works.
The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market for creative content, has obtained a preliminary injunction against the operator of the popular piracy site, Altered Carbon.
A federal district court in the Central District of California found that Altered Carbon’s operator, Jason Tusa, repeatedly violated copyright law by operating several unauthorized streaming services and profiting from the thousands of illegal streams of copyrighted works being accessed through the services.
Prior to Altered Carbon, Tusa previously operated at least three illegal IPTV services, including Area 51, Singularity Media, and Digital Unicorn Media. These services were shut down after ACE outreach. ACE filed the lawsuit against Tusa and Altered Carbon in July 2021 after Tusa violated his commitments under an earlier settlement with ACE.
“Altered Carbon’s operator, Jason Tusa has repeatedly engaged in the mass infringement of copyrighted content and has consistently exploited and undermined the legitimate streaming market that consumers are counting on to reliably and safely deliver programming,” said Karyn Temple, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association.
“ACE’s approach to monitoring the illegal streaming ecosystem and bringing actions against illicit operations like Altered Carbon protects the legitimate market for creative content around the world and demonstrates that ACE will act swiftly against recidivist pirate operators that violate their commitment to cease infringing conduct.”
The Court’s order is the latest in a series of successful ACE actions against piracy device sellers and illegal streaming applications and services. ACE’s legal victories and favorable settlements in previous cases over the last several years in North America include Crystal Clear Media, TickBox, Dragon Box, SetTV Now, Vader Streams, and Omniverse.
The theft of digital content is the single greatest threat to the global audiovisual community. It harms both local and foreign films and businesses, threatens jobs, undermines investment, reduces tax contributions to governments, and stifles creativity.