The Case of UFCtakedown.com

We detailed this on Any Given Saturday last night, but Adam Morgan of Sprawl N' Brawl has a nice summary:

Late last week, Matt Cava of UFCtakedown.com was issued a Cease and Desist by Zuffa, LLC. He has been told to remove his website. They specifically nailed him for using UFC in his URL as well as broadcasting illegal fight videos. September 8th's UFC 75: Champion v. Champion videos as well as a fight between Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson were specifically mentioned. As of today, UFCtakedown.com no longer exists. In the meantime, Matt has been able to secure MMAtakedown.net for the time being.

As you well know, as a reader and visitor of this site, I usually post the fight videos as well. UFC 75 was the first event where I decided against it due to some things I was hearing about UFC and their having a "blacklist" of sites that provide these videos. Sam Caplan confirmed that on the Any Given Saturday radio show on Monday night.

Needless to say, I won't be posting the fight videos anymore. The last thing I need is Zuffa's lawyers up my ass. That isn't to say I won't be posting videos anymore, just not the full events like I had been. I'm sure you can find them on your own and there's plenty of ways to watch them. If you don't know, then e-mail me and I will tell you how. It's as easy as that.

The only thing strange about the whole affair is that Zuffa is targeting sites that post poor quality videos of their fights, not necessarily sites that use copyrighted material, e.g. the abbreviation UFC.  Well, who knows, actually?  Perhaps they're targeting all of them and we simply aren't in on the mater plans.  Regardless, I understand the Zuffa lawyers' position, but find the uneven distribution of justice rather odd.

Stay tuned.

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