UFC’s parent company Zuffa filed a lawsuit on Friday against website Justin.tv for their “repeated and ongoing failure” to address the problem of streaming live UFC pay-per-view events. This comes after UFC bosses attended a House Judiciary Committee hearing on illegal streaming back in 2009 with Justin CEO Michael Seibel. In July of last year, UFC served the website with a subpoena requesting the names of users who streamed UFC events.
In the new lawsuit, UFC claims that more than 50,000 people watched UFC 121 on the Justin website. UFC hired more than 200 workers to get the UFC 121 streams taken off the website during the show.
UFC lawyer Donald J. Campbell said: “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. 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.”
Obviously those in WWE and TNA will be paying close attention to the Zuffa lawsuit against Justin.tv. WWE officials have tried hard to stop illegal content over the past few years.