UFC Going After Individual Online Piracy Consumers; Is WWE Next?

Justin WatrySenior WriterMarch 14, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Well, this was expected. It was only a matter of time until promoters went after not only websites illegally streaming their shows, but also the individuals viewing them.

In the case of UFC, they are doing exactly that.

According to Figure Four Weekly (F4W):

As part of legal action against the web site GreenFeedz, which streamed UFC 130 to UFC 142 illegally and was threatened with legal action, Zuffa was able to obtain e-mail addresses, user names and each individual event streamed, as well as IP addresses of everyone who watched an event through that web site.

My Thoughts on This News

I agree 100 percent with what Zuffa (UFC) is doing here. Now, the large websites can feel the heat of running an illegal operation, as well as the consumers.

Far too long, viewers of the streams would try to push it aside and just blame the website. Well, not any longer! UFC is taking action.

By gaining email addresses, usernames and all the information needed, look out!

If you are one of these people, I would stop immediately. You may laugh it off, but big companies are not going to let up on this, which brings me to WWE.

I wrote about WWE and SOPA nearly two months ago. To nobody's surprise, the bill eventually got swept under the rug, and life moved on.

Also to nobody's surprise, a lot of people tried to justify the illegal actions of streaming (UFC, WWE, etc.) shows online. Well, no longer are just the websites being targeted.

Now, the consumers may be the next ones to be exposed.

Based on the report, Zuffa is doing this all legally under copyright violations. Once again, this all goes back to WWE now.

It was no surprise that WWE and UFC were among the many companies that supported SOPA. If Vince McMahon sees Dana White following in this case, who knows what WWE could do next?

We have already seen many sites shut down in the past few months. Not only are the owners of select websites likely to face severe punishments, it is now time for the consumers to be prosecuted.

It has been no secret that I am a paying customer of WWE. For those of you illegally watching UFC/WWE online, I strongly urge you to reconsider next time you click your browser.

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