We know that economic times are tough, but those of you that were planning on illegally streaming tonight’s “UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez” pay-per-view broadcast from www.rage-streams.net, you better start working on Plan B.
According to The Las Vegas Sun, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is suing Moazzam Gandu, the owner of the Virginia-based website, for selling pirated broadcasts of past and current UFC broadcasts, including this evening’s UFC 110 event in Sydney, Australia.
Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the WEC and UFC, filed the suit at the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday. Zuffa complained that rage-streams.net is offering unauthorized “live streaming” video of UFC 110 for only $6.99.
Outside of the fact he’s an unauthorized distributor, Gandu is also selling the event for lower than the $44.95 authorized price tag.
In addition, Zuffa is claiming the site is also offering unauthorized video of at least 40 previous UFC events.
The lawsuit charges Gandu with copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. They are seeking a temporary restraining order that would prevent rage-streams.net from providing unauthorized UFC shows.
Here are the notes from Zuffa’s lawsuit against rage-streams.net:
“Defendant’s Web site is designed to trade off of plaintiff’s goodwill.”
“Defendant is using a mark that is the same and/or confusingly similar to the UFC marks in connection with the sale, offering for sale, or advertising of services in a manner that is likely to cause confusion or mistake, or to deceive consumers as to an affiliation, connection or association with plaintiff, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of defendant’s services or commercial activities by plaintiff,” charged the suit, filed by attorneys Michael Feder and John Krieger with the Las Vegas office of the law firm Lewis and Roca LLP.