MMAMania.com is reporting that The Ultimate Fighting Championship will deploy its rabid legal defense team on the pirates who call www.rage-streams.net their home.
Zuffa, LLC, the UFC’s parent company, is taking Moazzam Gandu to court for offering illegal live streams of some 40 past UFC pay per view shows to any internet-goer willing to shell out $6.95.
UFC President Dana White and head honcho Lorenzo Fertitta have been very vocal about the fate that awaits would-be pirates looking to make a buck off of the UFC.
“The piracy of live sporting events is illegal, it kills jobs, and it threatens the expansion of US based companies,” said Fertitta, “The UFC is potentially losing millions of dollars a year from piracy.”
Fertitta testified at a referendum on the internet piracy of sporting events for the US House Judiciary Committee recently. There he said that Zuffa’s anti-piracy lawyers monitored illegal streams of UFC 106 and found 271 of such streams garnering 140,000 viewers.
It is unrealistic to believe that all illegal streams will be shut down, but Zuffa and their legal teams certainly have the means to put a dent into those operations, and scare off those considering tossing their hats into the ring.