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Ustream Hands Over PPV Broadcast Pirates’ IP Adresses to UFC; Company Vows to Go After Illegal Viewers Next


(Argh!. That Free stream you watched a few months back might end up costing you a hell of a lot more than $39.95.)

Apparently Zuffa isn’t f-ing around when it comes to enforcing its copyrights.

According to a report by newteevee.com Ustream.com has complied with a request by UFC parent company Zuffa LLC to hand over the Internet protocol addresses of members who broadcasted the promotion’s events via the popular Internet streaming site.

Last week, Zuffa subpoenaed both Ustream and Justin.tv, demanding that both sites provide them with the IP addresses of individuals whom it says, quite simply, are infringing on its intellectual property rights.


Here’s a statement Ustream (who not coincidentally recently updated its copyright protection security tools to cover its ass from further prosecution ensure this never happens again) gave newteevee today:

“Ustream was subpoenaed by UFC via Zuffa earlier this year to provide identifiable information on certain broadcasters, which Ustream fully complied with in a timely manner. Ustream continues to work cohesively with our premium content partners to prevent piracy, including UFC to legally stream officially-sanctioned UFC events.”

Earlier this year in a presentation the UFC CEO gave to the House Judiciary Committee, Lorenzo Fertitta pointed to figures that indicated that over 78,000 non-paying users watched UFC 111 via a live streaming site. The promotion has identified the party that broadcast the event and has linked him to another feed he supplied 36,000 people with a few months earlier.

Although it seems they are just going after the suppliers at this point, Zuffa has stated that it intends to go after the end users with individual lawsuits in the coming months.

Translation: If you’ve watched an illegal Internet feed of a UFC broadcast in the past year, quit your job, sell your house and move to Tijuana.

Seriously, buddy, you’re screwed.

On the bright side, they do have Internet in Mexico and Tequila is as cheap as bottled water.

 

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Remark- August 6, 2010 at 9:25 am
On the EXTREME low end a lawsuit would cost 10k.
78,000 illegal viewers * $10,000 = $780Mil

There is no way in hell they are going after the viewers.
newotnek- August 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm
They can track the ip address all the way to the computer in your house but can't determine who was sitting at the computer. Big waste of time trying to scare teenagers from watching without paying.
BringtheRukus- August 5, 2010 at 11:48 am
Is there any way to bring up a class action suit against Zuffa for putting on shitty PPV that I actually bought. I would like them to be responsible for fucking over millions of fans for having to watch shit cards.
munche- August 5, 2010 at 10:44 am
It pretty clearly says they got the IP addresses of the broadcasters, not the viewers

But please, let's keep the comments rolling.
jimbonics- August 5, 2010 at 9:24 am
+1 robocop.

+1 Zuffallica
bardamu- August 5, 2010 at 8:28 am
Dana white has a message for you:

Fuck you pirates! i need fuel for my ferrari(s)!
And my bros fertitas need monees for, well i guess i'll keep it shut for that...

Way to go UFC...
Robocop Didnt Tap- August 5, 2010 at 6:13 am
My neighbor's going to be pissed when he gets subpoenaed for all those PPVs I streamed off his open wireless connection.
Terminator- August 5, 2010 at 6:11 am
WOW CP take UFCs nutsack out of your mouth. This is pathetic. A guy that runs a website should know better.

Did they pay you or promise you an interview with Stefan the beanpole if you played along with their scare tacticts?

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

WTF??? Go after 78,000 people, and that is just UFC 111, not to mention all the UFC events in the past few years.
fatbellyfrank- August 5, 2010 at 5:36 am
@ UB, thats because he was a dumb cunt, he was roaming round Cape York, and stuck out like dogs balls, stay on the coast, Cape trib , Cow Bay, even go up to Cooktown and you can disappear into the jungle, and yeah, you see some smoken hot Inga's out and about, this time of year Cairns is chokka full of backpackers, fucken great pervin,
Oh, and he was from Atherton, can you hear the banjo's?
Crap Factory- August 5, 2010 at 5:26 am
Two things:

1) You can't get blood from a stone. Go ahead and try. What are they going to do? Take my kids soccer ball as payment?

2) There will be streams available until the fall of the internet. You can't stop the machine!

WAR LIVE STREAMS!!!!
Under Banga- August 5, 2010 at 2:49 am
Daintree ya reckon? didn`t work for that fuckin bank manager from Cairns last week eh?Those Ingas do sound interesting tho
fatbellyfrank- August 5, 2010 at 1:04 am
UB. Indo, Bali, Thailand take your pick, everyone can hide up in the Daintree and have a whole tribe of Potato nation running round the rainforest, plenty of Swedish backpackers to mate with up these parts to boys
Under Banga- August 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm
Zuffa had better watch out for cyber attack that could result from such action, allegedly
ps fuck you Dana allegedly
Savageleto- August 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm
Is Zuffa fucking retarded?

Rxforpain- August 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm
Like everyone else said. This is just a scare tactic. The heads of Zuffa would have to be morons to think they are going to get EVERY single person who illegally streamed one of their broadcasts for ___ number of money.

If I remember correctly the RIAA only was able to go after the "big seeds" giving thousands of songs away to millions of people 24/7. Even then, the FBI had to confiscate the server/computer the person was seeding on in order to get evidence and big $$ from that person.

The end-users of these illegal streams wont ever be charged. There are to many loop holes with watching an illegal stream that is not even DLed to one's hard drive. This isn't music/video that can be downloaded, kept, seeded, and even resold for money. A person could simply say their router was not password protected and some jackass streamed from it. There's no proof it ever went to your computer. That would be like charging someone with a bank robbery because the robber stole and used your car to get away.
Under Banga- August 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm
TJ is a long way from sunny Qld would Indo be a suitable substitute? What you reckon FBF?
Under Banga- August 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm
Hey Dana , go fuck yourself:
allegedy
slummy- August 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm
last time i bought a stream off the UFC site was GSP vs Hardy which conveniently went down in the second round of the main event. 50 bucks for lower quality and inadequate service leads me to stream for free. come chase me down for your 50 bucks assholes. all these illegal streams helped them become as big as they are. I go to the bar for the cards i wanna see and pirate the ones not worth it. WHOOPTY DO!!!

Im not very knowledgable about the law but what exactly can they do to leechers?
Shady086- August 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm
I can't imagine losing fans who don't actually spend money buying their product isn't going to hurt the UFC too much.
Spicymeatball- August 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm
Zuffallica haahhahahah
Ballkick- August 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm
Like I said earlier the price of PPV is too fucking much. $60.00 here in Can.
They would get more buys if it were more affordable, I would much rather watch a PPV then stream the fucking thing.
Fucking greed,....that's all it is,.... fucking greed.
itsmontoya- August 4, 2010 at 7:48 pm
Well at least I can watch Strikeforce fights for a fair price. Time Warner Cable included it when we signed another contract. Paying $45 1-3 times a month is a little ridiculous.
Almost North- August 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm
Is it bullshit?
ktfo- August 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm
Its Bullshit, I got to pay 60(hd) dollars a ppv while England watches for free on ESPN. Fuck That.
ktfo- August 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm
Its Bullshit, I got to pay 60(hd) dollars a ppv while England watches for free on ESPN. Fuck That.
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