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Man arrested for illegally uploading ultimate fighting and wrestling content

A man believed to be one of the internet’s biggest illegal uploaders of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) content has today (Wednesday 18 March) been arrested by detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

The 55-year-old suspect was arrested at his home in Coalville, Leicestershire by officers from the City of London Police unit early this morning.

The man is believed to be one of the internet’s biggest offenders for illegally uploading copyrighted wrestling and mixed martial arts content to peer-to-peer and user generated content sites and is responsible for uploading more than 3.2 terabytes of data, which is the equivalent of more than 3,000 videos.

It is estimated these files have had more than 2 million downloads and been shared thousands of times, which is costing the industry millions of pounds.

The suspect's home was searched and several computers were seized before he was taken to a local police station for questioning.

DCI Danny Medlycott, Head of PIPCU, 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 & 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 said : “ 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.”

If you believe you know someone involved in copyright infringement you can anonymously report it to Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/ or on 0800 555 111. ​​​



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