Originally posted by 49erfeeeever808:
for all the firstrowsports'ers and vipbox'ers.......
UFC has successfully sued at least one person for watching streams
the UFC lawyers appear to have decided to take a slightly different route, instead suing under Title 47 of the United States Code, §§ 553 and 605.
Section 553 prohibits persons from intercepting or receiving "any communications service offered over a cable system, unless specifically authorized to do so..." Section 605 proscribes the unauthorized interception and publication of any "radio communication."
What this essentially means is instead of suing for copyright infringement, they sued the streamer for intercepting or receiving their Pay-Per-View signal without having the authorization to do so.
He was ordered to pay $2,000 in statutory damages ($1,000 per event streamed, the minimum damages allowed by law), $4,000 in enhanced damages and $5,948.70 in attorney's fees and costs. All in all streaming two Pay-Per-View events cost him $11,948.70.
This is a bad PR move waiting to happen. Especially considering Dana used to request illegal streams to watch Pride on MMA Underground once upon a time, not to mention that Justin Bieber once asked fans on twitter to send him stream links : https://twitter.com/danawhite/statuses/353777686365220864
Instead of focusing their resources on bringing down the numerous sites that host stream links and the numerous streamers who host streams, they go after some guy who streamed it...some guy who maybe cannot afford to buy the PPV if he wants to put food on his table, and pay his bills and rent on time. I'm not advocating that people should stream it, and streaming is very much illegal but the amount of money some random guy has perhaps taken out of the UFC and the fighters pockets is not even in the same ballpark as what the host streamer or the host sites for stream links have taken by providing what they provide.
Why not try to team up with the WWE and maybe even try to rope in MLB, the NFL, the NHL and the NBA. At that rate perhaps they could even use the networks (FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC/ESPN) who air these sports to further assist in the efforts to combat the streaming. Instead of trying to lobby their efforts together and pick a fight with someone who is bigger and doing more damage to their wallets, Dana and Lorenzo decide to fight an average joe for what to them and to ZUFFA is a measly 11k. Dana probably celebrated suing the dude by going to another LV casino and played with 50-100 times that in real coin.
I fail to see how this accomplishes anything positive for Zuffa. Can anyone see a positive coming out of this ?