In a valiant effort to stop illegal feeds of their pay-per-view events, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and WEC, announced Friday it has served subpoenas on two popular streaming websites, demanding them to reveal the identities of users who have uploaded UFC videos for free.
“I can’t wait to go after the thieves that are stealing our content,” said UFC President Dana White. “This is a fight we will not lose.”
Justin.tv and Ustream.tv enable anyone with an Internet connection to broadcast live streaming video to an unlimited audience. Although originally developed to bring user-generated content to a large live audience, these sites have been exploited by some users to broadcast illegally uploaded content, including Octagon events.
According to Zuffa, over 36,000 people watched a live stream of the UFC 108 PPV broadcast that was uploaded from a single IP address. Less than two months later, that same IP address uploaded multiple live streaming feeds of the UFC 110 PPV event, which was watched by over 78,000 non-paying users.
Zuffa is the largest provider of Pay-Per-View content in the world, reaching fans in over 430 million households across 147 countries and territories.