You are terribly mistaken if you thought Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was letting up just a tad in its attempt to crack down on any and all Internet sites that offer free streaming of its live PPV events.
In fact, the world's larget mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion is taking it one step further.
It is turning up the heat in a major way, not just targeting the websites that host the illegal PPV streams, but now the registered individuals who signed up with the website to watch the premium fights without shelling out the $54.99 to watch them legally.
The good news (if you're guilty of online piracy) is that for now the legal action is focused on just one site and its users, GreenFeedz.com, which unsurprisingly is no longer in service.
The Wrestling Observer has the details, after the jump:
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, usernames and each individual event streamed, as well as IP addresses of everyone who watched an event through that web site. They will be legally going after the individual consumers for copyright violations.
As avid supporters of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), the UFC brass is looking to pick up the intensity on any and all who have illegally streamed its product in the past, recently and in the future.
Now, in an ongoing battle that seems to have no end in site, Zuffa -- the UFC parent company -- is not leaving any stone unturned, looking to take down all viewers who took advantage of the free streams that were hosted by GreenFeedz.com.
Hindsight always being 20/20, it's safe to say that the $54.99 price tag does not seem as high, when compared to the possible repercussions that may come from the legal actions of Zuffa.
Perhaps one day UFC PPVs will indeed be free and we can all just get along. Until then, watch your back. You've been warned.