Zuffa is taking off the gloves when it comes to piracy.
Owner of The
Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zuffa announced Friday via
press release that the company has filed a lawsuit against website
Justin.tv for copyright and trademark infringement.
The company, owned mostly by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, filed its
suit in United States District Court for the District of Nevada
based on the website’s “repeated and ongoing failure to
meaningfully address the rampant and illegal uploading of video of
live pay-per-view UFC events by members and users of the Justin.tv
Justin.tv is a website through which Internet users may broadcast
live, streaming video to an unlimited audience. The broadcast of
copyrighted materials -- as well as pornography, slanderous
material and the like -- is prohibited by the website as listed in
its terms of service, which states that the site “does not permit
copyright infringing activities on the Justin.tv Service, and will
terminate access to the Justin.tv Service, and remove all
Lifecaster Content or other content submitted by any Users who are
found to be repeat infringers.”
According to Friday's press release, however, Zuffa believes not
only that Justin.tv has ignored the illegal uploads, but has
actually encouraged the behavior of the site's users.
“Zuffa has attempted to work on numerous occasions with Justin.tv
over nearly a two-year period to encourage it to prevent or limit
its infringing activities,” Zuffa’s Las Vegas attorney, Donald J.
Campbell said in the release. “Regrettably, Justin.tv has not only
turned a blind eye to the massive online piracy occurring on its
website, we believe it has actually induced its users to commit
copyright infringement thus leaving Zuffa no alternative but to
take this fight to the courts.”
Zuffa also alleges in the release that more than 50,000 Justin.tv
users viewed October's UFC
121 pay-per-view event illegally on the site. The release also
states that Zuffa hired third-party contractors to remove more than
200 infringing live streams.