Exclusive: Triller offers clemency to boxing fans who pirated Jake Paul bout if they pay up
From Rory Carroll
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Triller will not take legal action against boxing fans who pirated the platform's fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren on April 17th, provided they pay the original price of 49.99 before June 1st USD, a company executive told Reuters.
There have been more than 2 million illegal streams of the Triller Fight Club fight, the company said, and it will prosecute these individuals for the maximum fine of $ 150,000 per illegal stream of fight.
"All VPNs must adhere to the actual IP addresses of each person who stole the battle when it was discovered," said Triller's pirate chief Matt St. Claire.
"We'll be able to identify every single person, whether it's a VPN or not, as each stream has a unique fingerprint embedded in the content," he said.
"Triller will pursue the full penalty of $ 150,000 per person per instance for anyone who doesn't do the right thing and pays before the deadline," he added.
Paul, a YouTube star who made a name for himself in the boxing world, knocked out retired mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Askren in the first round.
Triller has set up a website for those who want to pay the amount before the deadline - https://www.fite.tv/page/041721piracysettlement
Triller filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in central California on April 23 against the owners of the H3Podcast website for pirating the event and a dozen other websites, each re-streamed and benefiting from hundreds of thousands of users.
H3Podcast did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"The fines are charged at $ 150,000 per instance. For H3 and other locations that re-broadcast the event to a lot of people, the (potential) damage is high," said St. Claire.
"We are in this position because it is downright theft. It is nothing more than going into a store and stealing an off-the-shelf video game," he said.
"In the case of the offensive websites, it's worse because they'll resell it to a lot of people and illegally take advantage of the work they don't own."
The next Triller Fight Club event will take Teofimo Lopez against George Kambosos Jr. on June 5th.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Bill Berkrot)
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