Suspect arrested for massive WWE online piracy

TV Connect, London

TV Connect, London

A man believed to be one of the internet’s biggest illegal uploaders of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) content was arrested in the UK yesterday (Wednesday 18 March) 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.

DCI Danny Medlycott, Head of PIPCU, commented: “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.”

Meanwhile, Jim Langham, WWE Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, welcomed the efforts of the PIPCU.

“WWE is extremely thankful for PIPCU’s attention to this matter,” said Langham. “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.”

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