Tonight’s stacked card is a good opportunity to remind hospitality businesses that the UFC is a litigious entity when it comes to copyright enforcement. Restaurants, bars, and private individuals who pirate UFC pay-per-view fights have come within Mr. White’s crosshairs along with insubordinate fighters, insolent agents, and up-and-coming promoters.
Although UFC has enjoyed limited success against these pirates, UFC and other pay-per-view promoters must plead and prove exacting statutory elements. Furthermore, their damages are generally limited by statute and judicial discretion. Establishments receiving demands from the UFC should consult with an experienced federal litigator before responding.