The UFC has found it’s next target in it’s war against piracy. This time they’re going after a website that sells unauthorized streams of their pay-per-view events for a fraction of the standard $44.95 price tag.
Las Vegas-based Zuffa LLC, owner of the UFC, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Thursday against Moazzam Gandu. Zuffa says Gandu lives in Stafford, Va., and runs the Web site www.rage-streams.net.
Zuffa complained that rage-streams is offering unauthorized “live streaming” video of UFC 110 for $6.99, even though the lowest authorized price for the broadcast of the event is $44.95.
Rage-streams also offers for sale unauthorized video of at least 40 past UFC events, Zuffa charges. Rage-Streams is profiting from these current and past broadcasts by selling advertising with them, attorneys for Zuffa said.
The lawsuit asserts allegations including copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. It seeks a temporary restraining order barring rage-streams from providing unauthorized UFC broadcasts.
It’s one thing to put a stream out there on the web for anyone to watch, but to actually sell them is just begging for a lawsuit, don’t you think?
Update: A few more details… The UFC is suing Rage-Streams.net for $150k per infringement which comes out to around $6 million. Also, this won’t come as a shock to anyone, but it appears the UFC is getting similar results to the RIAA and MPAA…more piracy, not less.
“We take down more streams now than we ever have,” Epstein said. “At every event, it’s more and more and more. The good news is that the tools that we have in our ability to discover these online streams has gotten better, too.
“I’m hopeful that at some point in the near future, we’re going to see a decided downturn in this activity. But I can tell you that we haven’t seen a decided downturn (at this point), that’s for sure.”