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    Default Dana/Zuffa subpoena Justin.TV for UFC 108/UFC 110

    Dana/Zuffa subpoena Justin.TV for UFC 108/UFC 110.

    "The world's largest pay-per-view content provider shows no signs of slowing its anti-piracy efforts.

    Ultimate Fighting Championship officials today announced they have subpoenaed Justin.tv and Ustream.tv two sites with user-provided live video content due to their broadcasts of illegally uploaded content, including the UFC's pay-per-view events.

    Zuffa LLC, the UFC's parent company, has served both sites subpoenas that demand they reveal the identities of users who uploaded UFC content.

    Today's release specifically points to one user from a single IP address who uploaded this year's UFC 108 and UFC 110 events, which drew 36,000 and 78,000 non-paying viewers, respectively.

    "I can't wait to go after the thieves that are stealing our content," UFC President Dana White stated. "This is a fight we will not lose."

    Today's release cites a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allows copyright owners to obtain subpoenas from a federal court that orders a service provider to disclose the identity of subscribers who allegedly engage in infringing activities. Due to the UFC's hefty PPV price tags, the promotion's content is a frequent target of piracy.

    The subpoenas are just the latest in the UFC's ongoing fight. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported earlier this month, UFC officials recently announced they had reached "confidential settlements" with more than 500 businesses and individuals as a result of illegal broadcasts and viewing of UFC events.

    The UFC really ramped up its anti-piracy efforts just this year, and as White told MMAjunkie.com, he sees only one surefire way to get pirates' attention.

    "When people start going to jail, people will stop doing it," White said.

    UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee earlier this year during a referendum on Internet piracy of sporting events. He said the UFC's anti-piracy team, for example, had uncovered 271 illegal streams of January's UFC 106 event with more than 140,000 viewers.

    The UFC annually offers approximately a dozen PPV offerings and in 2009 earned an estimated $350 million in PPV revenue. The events cost $44.95 each ($55.95 for the HD version) both via cable/satellite providers and via official online outlets.

    Currently, the promotion has just a handful of authorized online PPV affiliates UFC.com, Yahoo! Sports and MMAFighting.com, for example who charge the same $44.95 fee. Lawrence Epstein, the UFC's general legal counsel, said the Internet price is mandated by the promotion's contract with pay-per-view providers such as DirecTV and DISH Network and cannot be lowered.

    All other outlets including those who charge a discounted fee are doing so illegally, Epstein said."



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    People will never stop doing it, no matter how many people go to jail.

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    Looks like they'll be going back to torrents rather then live streaming.

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    Yes! I hate Justin.tv and their bogus "we have reached the maximum number of viewers from your country. Buy premium to keep watching" garbage. What is the maximum number of viewers from Sweden? 1?! Because I'm pretty damn sure there are not a ton of Swedes sitting up at 4 am watching college football or lacrosse or ****ing fencing on Justin.tv.

    Send 'em all to jail Dana!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Looks like they'll be going back to torrents rather then live streaming.
    Can people make money from torrents?
    Justin.TV was making money off the UFC which is alot different from someone who downloads now and then to save money by buying only certain events.

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    Dana, just don't be cross-examined for publicly admitting to the same crime. I'm sure Scot Coker would more than happy to help Justin on his defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mephisto View Post
    Dana, just don't be cross-examined for publicly admitting to the same crime. I'm sure Scot Coker would more than happy to help Justin on his defense.
    Why in the world would coker help Justintv or whatever here. Completely ignorant statement.
    Have you tried NOT being a mutant?
    *Iceman's parents in XMen 2*

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    I'd have more sympathy for the UFC if Dana didn't have a Ferrari collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madcap View Post
    I'd have more sympathy for the UFC if Dana didn't have a Ferrari collection.
    No kidding man. Maybe if there wasn't 15 UFC's a year at 50 bucks a piece people would be more willing to dish out the cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madcap View Post
    I'd have more sympathy for the UFC if Dana didn't have a Ferrari collection.
    Mr herring?

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