Piracy is a big issue right now and the UFC is not one to stand for it! The corporation is announcing a suit against a man in the Boston-area for broadcasting an illegal feed of UFC 104 in his bar.
The Boston Herald reported that the UFC is accusing the owner of a local bar “The Draft Bar and Grill” Derek Brady, in Allston, Massachusetts of unlawfully broadcasting the event for commercial use, according to the lawsuit that was filed this Tuesday.
“This is a situation where a bar has illegally taken our pay-per-view signal without purchasing it through our exclusive closed-circuit providers,” UFC general counsel Lawrence Epstein recently told the newspaper.
Generally bars and clubs are charged anywhere between $500 to $1,500 to broadcast UFC events [depending on how large the business is.]
Lawyer for the UFC, Julie Lonstein, claims an eyewitness saw Brady transmitting a feed of the October 24th event on his personal laptop, to the bar’s TVs.
Brady’s lawyers rebut that a patron of the bar did legally purchase the feed, but did not have permission to show it.
The UFC is suing Mr. Brady a whopping $640,000 plus legal costs…bummerrrrr.