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SYDNEY – Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White made good on his vow to go after websites that offer unauthorized Internet streams of UFC events, filing a federal copyright infringement and trademark infringement lawsuit on Friday in Las Vegas against a Stafford, Va., man.
Chief Judge Roger L. Hunt of U.S. District Court in Southern Nevada on Friday granted UFC's parent company Zuffa an emergency stay to shut down the website Rage-Streams.net. GoDaddy.com, which was hosting the Rage-Streams.net site, subsequently took down the site.
According to the lawsuit, Rage-Streams is owned by Moazzam Gandu of Stafford, Va. Zuffa alleges that Rage-Streams was offering a live stream of UFC 110, which will be held Saturday (Sunday in Australia) at Acer Arena, for $6.99. The UFC's pay-per-view price is $44.95.
The suit alleged that Gandu illegally has streamed 40 previous UFC events.
"People said I was crazy when I said we were going to go hard after these people who are streaming our stuff and that you can never do anything about it," White said. "Trust me when I tell you we're doing something about it, and this is proof of that."
UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta last month testified before a House committee on pay-per-view piracy.
Zuffa is requesting $150,000 per infringement, or actual damages if they can be proven.