When Dana White said the UFC was coming down hard on piracy, he wasn’t kidding.
Only two days after the UFC declared war on anyone involved in the illegal streaming of UFC events comes news that the UFC has filed suit against The Draft, a local Boston bar, for showing UFC 104 through a computer hooked up to their TV, thus bypassing the $500-$1500 licensing fee bars are required to pay. The kicker is the damages the UFC is seeking. Try $640,000 plus legal costs, the maximum allowed by law.
“This is a situation where a bar has illegally taken our pay-per-view signal without purchasing it through our exclusive closed-circuit providers,” said Lawrence Epstein, the UFC’s general counsel.
An eyewitness verified the bar showed the live event via a laptop computer hooked up to a TV, said Julie Lonstein, another UFC attorney. The UFC has a network of auditors who look for establishments that illegally broadcast its events.
The Draft however contends a bar patron was responsible for showing the event without their permission, and therefore they are without fault.
But Brady’s attorney said he’s “completely without fault.”
“A patron walked into the establishment and . . . downloaded a paid event on their own laptop without any knowledge or permission of the establishment,” attorney Tammy Arcuri said.
There’s no telling how far the UFC is willing to take their war against piracy, but clearly they are looking to make examples out of the people and establishments they do go after.