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Zuffa sues for infringement

Kevin Iole
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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, which was hosting the 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.

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