A mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against a New York bar and its proprietor, Bryn Mawr Tavern II for copyright infringement.
The plaintiff alleges that the bar broadcast the UFC 229 event without permission and license from the MMA promoter.
The October 2016 event, UFC 229 featured the Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his UFC lightweight championship successfully against Irish fighter Conor McGregor.
The plaintiff sold licenses to bars throughout New York to broadcast the event through its commercial distributor, Joe Hand Promotions along side private broadcast license which achieved a record of 2.4 million pay-per-view purchases.
The plaintiff claims that the defendant broadcasted the event in her bar for commercial gains.
According to the lawsuit, the UFC stated that there are a number of potential avenues for delivering a signal intended for residential use into a venue showing the fight commercially.
UFC is seeking damages for wilful infringement of its copyright, as well as attorneys’ fees.