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Police in Coalville, Leicestershire, United Kingdom arrested a man suspected of uploading thousands of WWE and UFC matches to peer-to-peer content sites.

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The crackdown on internet piracy continues, as a man in Leicestershire, England was arrested today, detailed in a report by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

He is believed to have uploaded more than 3.2 terrabytes of UFC and WWE content, the equivalent of more than 3,000 videos. The files were estimated to have had more than 2 million downloads, and had been shared thousands of times, with estimated costs in the millions of pounds. Several computers were seized from the suspect's home.

The head of the PIPCU, DCI Danny Medlycott, said: "Today's operation serves as a clear warning to anyone thinking of uploading copyrighted material to pirate sites. This is not a victimless crime as copyright infringement is costing our creative industries hundreds of millions of pounds."

"Our team is dedicated to combating criminals ripping off other's intellectual property and so those who are thinking of taking this path should think twice, as it might result in a knock on the door from our officers."

Jim Langham, WWE Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel said: "WWE is extremely thankful for PIPCU's attention to this matter. WWE provides many options for our fans to watch our content lawfully - on television, pay-per-view, and digitally via YouTube and the WWE Network. We will continue to protect our intellectual property aggressively and combat piracy in any form ."

UFC Chief Legal Officer Kirk Hendrick also commented: "The UFC organization hopes this investigation and arrest by PIPCU will result in a significant decrease in the illegal online distribution of our intellectual property and broadcasts. We take online piracy very seriously and will continue to work with law enforcement officials around the world to prevent illegal sharing of UFC content."

The UFC itself has been taking its own anti-piracy steps of late -- many have noted the unique identifier numbers which are appearing on the Fight Pass streams during events, presumably in order to catch those who might be illegally streaming or recording. We will see in future if any of these countermeasures are successful.

The as-yet unnamed pirate is rumoured to post torrents under the pseudonym "Sir Paul."