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Amazon and Netflix are usually arch rivals, but now they're teaming up to fight the pirates.

They've joined forces, along with a tranche of Hollywood studios (including Disney, Fox, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros.) to sue SET Broadcast. They allege that its streaming service – SET TV – pirated their copyrighted material and offered it to subscribers for a fee.

The $20-a-month service offers access to over 500 live TV channels and thousands of shows on-demand, including those made by Netflix and Amazon. The whole point of Amazon and Netflix making their own shows and films is so they can offer them exclusively, so having them elsewhere would harm them financially.

The case accuses SET TV of relying "overwhelmingly, if not exclusively" on pirated content.

They also accuse SET Broadcast of paying for video reviews and other sponsored material in order to drive subscriptions.

SET Broadcast is yet to comment.

With all these big hitters joining forces, it's clear they want to send a message, and dissuade anyone else thinking of offering pirated content.

Source: GeekWire

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