The UFC’s parent company Zuffa today stepped up their fight against piracy by filing a lawsuit against the extremely popular Justin.TV website for allowing users to illegally stream UFC events.

“Zuffa has attempted to work on numerous occasions with Justin.tv over nearly a two-year period to encourage it to prevent or limit its infringing activities,” Zuffa’s Las Vegas attorney, Donald J. Campbell, stated in a press release. “Regrettably, Justin.tv has not only turned a blind eye to the massive online piracy occurring on its website, we believe it has actually induced its users to commit copyright infringement thus leaving Zuffa no alternative but to take this fight to the courts.”

Zuffa had previously subpoenaed Justin.TV last year demanding that they divulge the names of users who were providing streaming video of live UFC events on the site.

Despite threats of legal action Justin.TV failed to clamp down on the illegal activity, and today’s press releasing notes that some 50,000 users illegally watched UFC 121 on Justin.TV in October.

“Zuffa has attempted to work on numerous occasions with Justin.tv over nearly a two-year period to encourage it to prevent or limit its infringing activities,” Campbell said. “Regrettably, Justin.tv has not only turned a blind eye to the massive online piracy occurring on its website, we believe it has actually induced its users to commit copyright infringement thus leaving Zuffa no alternative but to take this fight to the courts.”

Pay-per-view sales are ones the UFC’s main revenue sources, with between 250,000 – 1,600,000 fans paying either $44.95 or $55.95 (HD) to watch one of their events live.

Many fans have been unwilling or unable to pay however and that’s led to what Campbell describes as, “rampant illegal uploading,” on sites like Justin.TV.

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