Thanks to Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, UFC President Dana White gets another ally in his quest to submit any and all websites that provide illegal streams of Zuffa-owned broadcasting.
And with UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" just two days away, it couldn't have come at a better time.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put the smack down on ten popular Online destinations for sports-related video feeds including channelsurfing.net, were Atdhe.net, hq-streams.com, hqstreams.net, firstrow.net, ilemi.com, iilemi.com, iilemii.com, rojadirecta.org and rojadirecta.com.
Turns out the legal eagles at Zuffa were so pleased with the seizure, they took time out of their busy fight schedule to send a personalized thank you to all the G-Men involved.
From UFC President Dana White in his press release (via MMA Weekly):
“The very forceful actions taken by Mr. Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Mr. Morton, the Director of ICE, against these parasitic websites is very welcome news. The criminal theft of Pay-Per-View events has resulted in the loss of millions of dollars of revenue to not only the UFC and its fighters, but has also deprived federal, state and local government of their rightful entitlement to significant tax revenue. On behalf of the UFC and its fighters, I extend my sincerest thanks to Mr. Bharara, Mr. Morton, and the many Assistant United States Attorneys and Agents of Homeland Security Investigations who worked so tirelessly during the course of this intensive investigation.”
Of course with every ten sites the Feds shut down, another ten pop up to take their place. Anyone plan on jacking the UFC 126 pay-per-view as a way to "take a stand" against having to pay for someone else's hard work?
Let's hear your take on the war against Internet piracy.