UFC’s parent company, Zuffa, LLC, has filed a lawsuit against one of their up-and-coming competitors Showtime’s Elite XC. The lawsuit was filed March 22nd in the U.S. District Court of Nevada and allegeges copyright infringment of UFC’s intelectual property according to court doccuments.
PWInsider has more on the story:
In a 34 page filing, Zuffa contends that the debut EXC broadcast on 2/10 in Southaven, MS featured “unauthorized, wrong, knowing and continuing appropriation, use and copying” of UFC copyrighted material that Zuffa has produced themselves or own from acquiring UFC in 2001 from Semaphore Entertainment.
The filing claims that the defendants, “wrongfully and willing copied the Infringed Copyrights, or caused the wrongful and willful copying” of the UFC footage. They allege EXC and Showtime may have also copied “other aspects and portions” of material Zuffa owns.
Zuffa also contends that the usage on EXC’s broadcast created a “likelihood of confusion in the marketplace” and that EXC is using UFC’s name and goodwill for their own good, citing the move was unfair competition on the part of Elite XC.
I was unable to review the actual court documents because you need a password but if this has a legitimate legal basic (which I’m guessing it does) it will be interesting to watch this case to see what the courts decide before the promotions next show on June 2nd in LA.
The article states that Zuffa is seeking a jury trial and is seeking for Elite XC to stop using the infringed material.
I will be keeping an eye on this story for new information as well as comments from UFC and Elite XC.
(via The EvilMaster Report)