The UFC President Dana White has adamantly said time and time again that he will not stand for internet piracy of the companies main source of income, pay-per-view buys. Popular video streaming site Justin.tv was recently in the cross-hairs of the Zuffa promotion as they filed a copyright and trademark infringement along with a violation of the Communications Act in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.
“You got these websites like Justin.tv, and they pirate all kinds of things said White. They play all kinds of [expletive] on there. Well, we’re gonna make it where it’s not worth it to put UFC events up on the website.”
Unfortunately for Zuffa, they have lost their first battle in court as Justin.TV was able to convince the court that they “did not receive or intercept any actual cable or satellite signal or broadcast,” which would be in violation of the Communications Act.
With a UFC fan looking to spend $55.95 (HD Version) per buy, sometimes twice a month – it’s no surprised that some would turn to illegal streams which White would prefer to punish those fans with jail time to stop the stealing of his product.
“When people start going to jail, people will stop doing it,” said White in regards to fans watching illegal streams.
The war of copyright protection between Zuffa and the internet is long from over as Zuffa will be actively pursuing copyright infringement suits against multiple illegal streaming sites which their attorneys are confident will easily be won in their favor. Something they hope will thwart future streams from appearing.