The good folks at the UFC aren’t big fans of pirates. No, I’m not talking about the Captain Jack Sparrow-type of pirates. I’m talking about those geeky basement dwellers who steal pay-per-view broadcasts and disseminate that stolen intellectual property to the world. Essentially, a pirated UFC event is money that isn’t going into the UFC’s pockets, so when authorities in the UK busted some key illegal uploader of pirated content, the UFC sent the following press release out:
UFC® APPLAUDS ANTI-PIRACY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
City of London Police Execute Warrant Against Suspect
Las Vegas – UFC® today announced it is cooperating with law enforcement officials from the City of London Police and its Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) regarding an investigation into the illegal distribution of UFC programming.
On March 18, the PIPCU executed a warrant to search and seize computers and property suspected of being used for criminal activity. A 55-year-old suspect, believed to be one of the internet’s biggest illegal uploaders of mixed martial arts and wrestling content, was arrested and remanded into police custody following the execution of the search warrant for his alleged involvement into the illegal distribution of protected content. Authorities estimate the suspect’s operation may have shared files that led to more than 2 million downloads. The suspect has been taken in for questioning as part of the ongoing investigation.
In the course of the search of the suspect’s residence in Coalville, Leicestershire, PIPCU uncovered computers, electronic equipment, and other evidence to assist in determining the extent of the unlawful activity and the potential damages incurred as a result of these crimes.
UFC has assisted local law enforcement authorities around the world in identifying potential infringers of intellectual property laws relating to the illegal distribution of copyrighted broadcasts. The UFC is committed to providing any assistance to PIPCU’s investigation into the illegal distribution of the company’s content and will make records and documents available to investigators.
“The UFC organization hopes this investigation and arrest by PIPCU will result in a significant decrease in the illegal online distribution of our intellectual property and broadcasts,” UFC Chief Legal Officer Kirk Hendrick said. “We take online piracy very seriously and will continue to work with law enforcement officials around the world to prevent illegal sharing of UFC content.”
The UFC’s anti-pirate stance isn’t new, and if you pay even just the slightest bit of attention to this topic, you’ll know that victories like the one mentioned above aren’t as frequent as the UFC (or any owner of stolen content) would like them to be. But, like the Seven Seas, the Internet is vast. Pirates gonna pirate.