UFC 174 PPV Piracy Results in $25,000 Judgement

Posted: March 9, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Adding to this site’s list of judgments addressing piracy of UFC PPV products reasons for judgement were released last month by the US District Court, D. Colorado, assessing damages after the commercial piracy of UFC 174.

In last month’s case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Poarch) the Defendant operated a commercial establishment and displayed UFC 174 without paying the commercial sub licencing rights from the Plaintiff.  The Plaintiff sued and obtained default judgement.  In finding $5,000 in statutory damages and a further $20,000 in enhanced damages were reasonable District Judge Arguello provided the following reasons:

Accordingly, it is ORDERED that judgment is entered in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant Andrew Clark Poarch in the amount of $5,000.00 for statutory damages pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 605(e)(3)(C)(i)(II), because $5,000 is a reasonable amount and Defendant Poarch’s business, Lazy Lion, LLC, appears to be a profitable business. It is

FURTHER ORDERED that judgment is entered in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant Andrew Clark Poarch in the amount $20,000.00 for statutory damages pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 605(e)(3)(C)(ii), because it is a reasonable amount and Plaintiff broadcasted the willfully intercepted Ultimate Fighting Championship to all of its members at the Lazy Lion, LLC. It is

FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees and is, therefore, permitted to submit within fourteen days of the entry of judgment a motion and supporting documentation for reasonable attorneys’ fees. Such motion shall comply with the requirements set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(d)(2) and D.C.COLO.LCivR 54.3. It is

FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall have its costs by the filling of a Bill of Costs with the Clerk of the Court within ten days of the entry of judgment. It is

FURTHER ORDERED that post-judgment interest shall accrue at the weekly rate established under 28 U.S.C. § 1961 from the date of entry of judgment. Finally, it is

FURTHER ORDERED that this case is CLOSED IN ITS ENTIRETY.

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