Triller is planning to take legal action against unauthorized streamers who viewed and/or broadcasted the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren event in mid-April. Those who will be named in the lawsuit may face up to $150,000 in fines.
If you’re one of them, you still have a chance to avoid forking up such a huge amount. Triller is offering a “one-time settlement” that entails paying the $49.99 PPV price by June 1st.
Here’s the statement on the Fite TV website/settlement portal:
On April 23, 2021, Triller Fight Club filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against 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.
Under U.S.Copyright Law, each of those parties may be liable for up to $150,000 in fines, penalties, and damages for each occurrence of their unlawful acts.
For a limited time ending June 01, 2021, those individuals who unlawfully viewed or displayed the event but were not otherwise involved in its illegal sale or distribution are eligible to receive a one-time settlement and release for their unlawful acts, subject to providing the information requested below and making payment in full of US$49.99 via this portal.
Many of these streamers likely used a VPN for an added layer of protection from being tracked. It’s why Triller is also going after VPN companies to obtain a list of IP addresses.
“VPNs all have to comply and turn over the actual IP addresses of each person who stole the fight in discovery,” Triller’s head of piracy Matt St. Claire told Reuters. “We will be able to identify each and every person, VPN or not, as each stream has a unique fingerprint embedded in the content.
“Triller will pursue the full $150,000 penalty per person per instance for anyone who doesn’t do the right thing and pay before the deadline.”
Triller claims it lost $100 million in revenue from around two million illegal streams of the said event.
For what it’s worth, lawyer Erik Magraken doesn’t seem convinced on the effectiveness of their legal threats: