One week after filing a nine-figure lawsuit against online piracy offenders, Triller Inc. is now offering amnesty for a limited time ahead of its next event.
A one-month clemency period has been granted by Triller to any parties who illegally streamed the April 17 Triller Fight Club Pay-Per-View event. Triller previously targeted 12 specific hosting sites and 100 unnamed parties in a massive lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $100,000,000 from more than 2,000,000 viewers alleged to have pirated the aforementioned show.
A website has been established allowing any such parties to pay the original retail price of $49.99 for the PPV event. Offenders have until June 1 to pay in full on the piracy settlement website established by Fite TV, which carried the original broadcast.
“VPN firewalls all have to comply and turn over the actual IP addresses of each person who stole the fight in discovery,” Matt St. Claire, head of piracy for Triller declared in a statement issued Monday by the video-sharing social network. “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 launched the nine-figure lawsuit on April 23, filed with the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. The company named FilmDaily.co, CrackStreamsLive.com and 10 other outlets in a 20-page complaint, claiming proof of each site illegally hosting the four-quadrant PPV event that aired live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was headlined by YouTube influencer and boxing novice Jake Paul (3-0, 3KOs) who scored a 1st round knockout of Ben Askren (0-1, 0KOs), a retired 36-year-old former mixed martial artist who made his boxing debut.
The official complaint alleged that the named parties not only pirated the event without proper purchase but used their hosting sites to sell the event for profit. Triller has since named H3Podcast in the lawsuit, as the podcast owner bragged on air to stealing and illegally sharing the aforementioned event.
Triller is seeking both criminal charges and civil settlements against targeted offenders. A ruling in Triller’s favor could result in civil fines of $150,000 per illegal stream along with additional criminal charges of up to $250,000 in criminal fines and up to 5 years in jail.
“We are taking this position because it is outright theft,” notes St. Claire. “It is no different than walking into a store and stealing a video game off the shelf. In the case of the offending sites, it’s worse, because they also then resold it to many people, illegally profiting from work they do not own.”
For now, there remains the opportunity for many to avoid the trouble of hiring legal representation in a potentially losing courtroom battle.
“We encourage anyone who pirated the event to visit the site before June 1, pay their $49.99 and receive a full and complete release from Triller to avoid further action,” insists St. Claire.
Triller Fight Club returns with a similar boxing PPV event June 5, to air live from loanDepot Park in Miami. Lineal lightweight champion and unified WBA/IBF/WBO titlist Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12KOs) faces IBF mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr. (19-0, 10KOs) in the main event. By that point, Triller hopes to have settled its past business while laying the foundation to avoid similar instances in the future.
Those wishing to pay in full for the event can do so at https://www.fite.tv/page/041721piracysettlement/.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox