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Dana gonna take down Justin.tv

split decision2011-01-29 16:12:26 +0000 #1
Posted earlier today on the UFC website. They're following through on their threat to squash the illegal Internet sites that let fans watch PPV events for free.

I'm going to pay in February to see Silva vs. Belfort (and Franklin/Gump and Jones/Bader). I swear!

ZUFFA, LLC FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST JUSTIN.TV FOR COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT

Las Vegas, Nevada – Zuffa, LLC (“Zuffa”), owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (“UFC®”) brand announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Justin.tv, Inc. (“Justin.tv”) for copyright and trademark infringement in United States District Court for the District of Nevada arising from Justin.tv’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 website.

The Justin.tv website enables anyone with an internet connection to broadcast live streaming video to an unlimited audience. Although purportedly developed to bring user-generated content to a large live audience, the Justin.tv website is routinely exploited by users to broadcast illegally uploaded content, including UFC® events.

For example, on October 23, 2010, over 50,000 people watched live streaming feeds of the UFC 121 Pay-Per-View event. Indeed, third-party contractors hired and paid for by Zuffa, removed more than 200 infringing live streams of UFC 121 from the Justin.tv website. This piracy represents a significant loss of revenue to Zuffa and its mobile, online, cable and satellite distribution partners each year.

“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. “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 is the largest provider of Pay-Per-View content in the world, and delivers exciting matches to fans in over 354 million households across 145 countries and territories. Zuffa encourages the development of new technology to deliver UFC® content to licensed online platforms, mobile devices, and gaming systems. However, Zuffa does not condone the use of streaming video or other new technologies to violate intellectual property laws, and it will vigorously protect its copyrighted content against piracy in any medium.


Skinny2011-01-29 16:18:21 +0000 #2
Oh no.

Meh, I haven't used their service in quite sometime.

There's better sources than JT. Nonetheless, they had a good run and I thank them for the memories. Free memories.
Skinny2011-01-29 16:33:53 +0000 #3
The only problem with pay-per-view is there's no guarantee of a decent product. That goes back to the Tyson days and watching him demolish a guy like Frank Bruno is a few rounds and then it's good-night, thanks for your money.

At least the live gate can hurl insults and even objects if they're dissatisfied.
DriveBy732011-01-29 16:30:16 +0000 #4
Next up, Dana shuts off the internetz!!!!

Skinny2011-01-29 18:01:31 +0000 #5
Dana for President!

He'll tell Obama to fuhk-off twenty times during the debates and win America's heart.
bhorrrr2011-01-29 17:59:23 +0000 #6
i'm gonna take this from a completely indefensible position.

i don't use justin.tv, but i use other sites that do the same thing. i (as has been documented in other threads) am jobless, and even once i attain one, will not be close to being able to pay 50 bucks every month. if all of these sites were taken down (which isn't going to happen, but is the goal), i would never be able to see a live ufc event unless i went to a bar and was a total cheapskate and took up a table for 3 hours for one meal and one drink. that's maybe 15 bucks for 3 hours of taking up a table on a busy saturday night. i don't feel comfortable with that, so i probably wouldn't do it regardless. am i just as passionate as any mma fan out there? yea. i am. it's almost to a sickening level and i'm kind of ashamed at how much time i spend reading news and history and looking up fight videos. but i'd have no avenue for seeing this **** until way after live.

i, personally, am not stealing any money from the ufc by streaming events because i would not be able to see them any other way. they wouldn't be getting my money no matter what.

however, i totally understand the point and the fact that they think they are (and actually are... i guess) losing money. it's really gonna suck for low-to-no-income guys like me if they ever totally succeed at this, but life is supposed to suck for us, and i understand that and don't really fight it, so whatever.

and that is my totally indefensible, completely unreasonable, and sad plea at why there should be a cheaper avenue to be able to be a diehard fan of this sport.

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