If people that illegally stream UFC events are considered pirates, then why hasn’t the demand for eye patches skyrocketed in the past decade? That’s my only argument against the emergence of internet pirates. The web is filled with lackluster pirates that don’t even feel the need to get dressed in their classic regalia. Man, Somali pirates would own internet pirates. Those dudes have guns. They even have guns that look like giant NES adapters. If you consider yourself an internet pirate, then go all out. Get a scimitar and learn how write limericks on the fly while drowning your problems in rum.
TorrentFreak caught wind of UFC obtaining the names, emails and IPs of people that used GreenFeedz.com to illegally stream UFC PPV events, and the site decided to contact First Amendment attorney, Marc Randazza, to get his take on the ordeal. Here’s what Randazza told TorrentFreak regarding the UFC going after illegal streamers.
“I have a very hard time finding a theory of liability for someone who merely watched an illegal broadcast. That’s like saying if a bar was illegally publicly presenting a movie or an NFL game, that everyone in the bar would be liable,”
“My guess is that the UFC’s attorneys will not really go after people who merely watched the fights. They may, however, use the data they gather in order to find out if any of those people were re-distributing it.”
“If they’re really going after people for merely watching an illegal stream, I’d defend that case free of charge,” Randazza told TorrentFreak. “That’s not the right thing to do.”
Not a lot in this life comes free, but according to Marc Randazza, he will offer his legal services free of charge if the UFC comes after you because you couldn’t shell out $54.99 for a legal UFC PPV. Hopefully that won’t entice people out there to purposefully get in trouble with ZUFFA just so they can take him up on his offer. [Source]