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UFC Brings Justin.tv to Court over Piracy

Written on January 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Avid Justin.tv viewers, prep yourselves up because UFC just pulled the trigger. The Ultimate Fighting Championships filed a lawsuit against Justin.tv for piracy.

Last Friday, Ultimate Fighting Championships () announced that they are suing live streaming video provider – – for copyright infringement. At the very core of the are millions of dollars of potential revenues that UFC claims it has lost due to piracy. For instance, more than 50,000 viewers tuned in to illegal streams of UFC 121’s pay-per-view event. If the MMA promotion sells its PPV events for about $50 each, then they lost about $2.5 million dollars for that event alone.

UFC’s parent company, stated in a press release that although Justin.tv bills itself as a user-generated content, the website is exploited by users to air illegally uploaded content — including UFC events. Meanwhile, Justin.tv CEO, Michael Seibel, responded to the press release in an e-mail. He said that they are working with the UFC to enable the MMA promotion to take down any illegal streams of its events.

This is not the first time that UFC and Justin.tv had an argument. Last 2009, the two companies testified in front of a House Committee Hearing on live streaming piracy. More over, the MMA promotion demanded that live streaming sites like Justin.tv and Ustream should give the IP addresses of their users pirating the promotion’s PPV events. But this time, UFC has taken a serious action against Justin.tv.

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