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Man Accused of UFC Piracy Skips Court Hearing


We have covered the UFC’s anti-piracy policy tirelessly here on BJPENN.COM. At this point we know that the UFC will prosecute anyone stealing their beloved product and/or PPV broadcasts.

Recently a man who was busted for stealing UFC pay-per-views for his bar patrons skipped his court appearance.

Aberdeennew.com has the scoop:

 

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The former owner of an Aberdeen bar accused of pirating an Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view event featuring Brock Lesnar is not putting up a defense.

Jason J. Miller, former owner of Jake’s Pub and Casino, has not filed a response to the accusation, according to paperwork filed in the lawsuit.

During a Monday hearing in federal court before Judge Charles Kornmann, no attorney appeared to represent Miller or Jake’s. So all that remains is for Kornmann to determine how much to award Nevada-based Zuffa LLC, the company that operates UFC, for damages.

By not filing a response to the lawsuit, Miller has essentially admitted wrongdoing, said Aberdeen attorney Zachary Peterson, who represents Zuffa. Although Miller previously lived in Aberdeen, his last known resident was in Rapid City, Peterson said during the hearing. The bar, on South Lincoln Street, has a new owner and name.

The allegations stem from the “UFC 121″ event broadcast via satellite on Oct. 23, 2010, when Lesnar, a Webster native who is now a professional wrestler, lost his heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez.

David Hoover testified Monday via telephone that he works for Zuffa looking for businesses that broadcast UFC pay-per-view events without paying the required fees. He said he entered multiple businesses that night to see whether they were improperly broadcasting the fights. He said Zuffa tracks businesses that pay for the events and provides him with a list so he can look for offenders.

Hoover said about two dozen people were watching “UFC 121″ at Jake’s the night of the Lesnar-Velasquez fight. Most were standing near one of four televisions on which the pay-per-view was shown, he said. Jake’s did not charge for people to get in, he said.

Peterson wasn’t sure what rate Zuffa would have charged Jake’s to broadcast the fights. But, he said, the bar benefitted financially by showing them because it attracted more customers than it otherwise would have.

Zuffa is seeking $10,000 in statutory damages because Jake’s improperly showed “UFC 121.” That’s the maximum allowed by federal law. It also requested $25,000 in enhanced damages for willfully broadcasting the event and benefitting commercially. The maximum allowed under federal law is $100,000. Peterson said Zuffa is also requesting $3,940 in attorney’s fees.

Zuffa also filed a lawsuit against Robert J. Kohl, owner of Main Street Bar and Casino in Sisseton, saying the bar also pirated the event. That case, though, was ultimately dismissed.

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15 Comments to Man Accused of UFC Piracy Skips Court Hearing

  1. Xaninho says:

    There were 24 people in the bar watching it…How is that equal to 10.000,- statutory damages? what does a pay-per-view cost? 60 bucks?

    That’s 24 times 60 = $1440,-

    • Stevo the great says:

      Kno before you comment, all public bars that show PPV UFC events are charged $5,000…..not $60 like at home viewing…….showing a UFC event in a bar calls for a large draw…..and trust me UFC wants their cut. I will bet anything you own a bar……$5,000 to order UFC……..Guaranteed.

      • Mike McMack says:

        It’s true, most of the local bars where I live stopped showing the UFC PPV’s when the UFC raised the price to $5000. The UFC is trying to make an example of this guy which is why the hefty fines.

      • Xaninho says:

        Well not a bar but two coffeeshops and in holland so for me it’s no use ordering the PPV cause there is simply no option to order it here. And even if I could order it, the timedifference makes it useless anyway, shop is closed when the first fights start.

        $5000,- to show UFC to 24 customers is a bit much, which bar can make 5 grand out of 24 people? UFC should make it 500 or 1000. Or better yet have different pricing depending on how many occupants the bar can hold….It’s only profitable for really big bars right now. They’re missing out on money now, cause smaller bars will stop ordering it.

      • Slow99 says:

        Actually , it goes by how many tables the bar has . Maybe you should “kno” before you comment.

  2. Guamy says:

    lol these FAGS at ZUFFA Rape the fighters for millions. they have have billions, and are fighting to fine a small business owner for what 35,000 what a bunch of LOW LIFES. This kinda shit makes you not want to watch the UFC. he said that there is a whole generation of people that have had all this free stuff from the internet and such. Well there is also a whole generation of people who rape the livley hoods of the people with their big corps. and lobbyists infiltrating our government, to make laws that put more money in to the billionaires pockets.

  3. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    These guys are so screwed. Should have paid the fee!

  4. SmoothAssNigga says:

    Fuck all that, might as well go out with a bang and pay them in bullets.

  5. Flex monkey juice says:

    I’ll take a pound of wings with blue cheese dip and cheesy bread.

  6. Trey says:

    Man fuck dana white and zuffa they song nun but some money hungry bitches fuck paying 50 or 60 dollars to watch some once you got me fucked up I wish o knew where to watch free ppv’s o would your a dumbass if you pay to watch that shit and then a good majority of the fights be bullshit

  7. Zack says:

    Ya Dana is a douche. 50 for a ppv is outrageous. I can’t believe so many people buy them. I only buy a couple a year when there’s a really good card. Honesty 50 bucks for a tv program should be considered rape.

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