Pirates beware! Those who watched an illegal stream of the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren boxing match might be in trouble.
Triller Fight Club officials announced it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
The lawsuit is pursuing “certain parties who participated in the unlawful sale, distribution, and/or viewing of the April 17, 2021 pay-per-view event known as ‘Triller Fight Club: Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren.'”
The upstart promotion gave those who pirated the PPV "one last chance" to pay for the card.
Triller Fight Club Comes After "Pirates"
VPN companies will be required to turn over the actual IP addresses of each person who stole the fight in discovery, according to Triller head of piracy Matt St. Claire.
St. Claire added that they will be able to identify all pirates as each stream has a unique fingerprint embedded in the content.
U.S. copyright laws state that piracy is punishable with up to $150,000 in fines, penalties and damages. Triller Fight Club officials plans to seek maximum damages available in each case.
Pirates given chance to settle
Those who streamed or redistributed the event illegally are given a chance to settle for the PPV's original price of $49.99 before June 1.
“We are taking this position because it is outright theft. It is no different than walking into a store and stealing a video game off the shelf,” St. Claire said.
St. Claire said Triller will also be pursuing damages from websites who partook in pirating and rebroadcasting the event.