Ustream, Roy Jones Jr duke it out over boxing video

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Ustream, Roy Jones Jr duke it out over boxing video

Tue Aug 18, 2009 @ 10:32AM PST

Jones34336By Eriq Gardner

Video streaming company Ustream has a fight date in court with Square Ring, Inc., owned by professional boxer Roy Jones Jr.

Square RIng alleges that Ustream violated copyright law by allowing an illegal exhibition of the fight Roy Jones Jr. vs. Omar Sheika on March 21. The plaintiff says the pay-per-view bout was streamed to 2,377 users free of charge.

Websites like Ustream and that allow users to create "lifestream" broadcasts have run into legal trouble in the past. Users sometimes just point their webcam at the television, retransmitting a live telecast. Last year, the UK's Premier League successfully pushed to do something about those unauthorized football streams.

In the lawsuit filed in Delaware district court, Square Ring stresses it gave several notices to Ustream before the March fight. 

According to a statement given to TechCrunch, Ustream says it is taking steps to work with the content industry to meet its needs: "We believe the Square Ring lawsuit does not have merit and that we're fully protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Safe Harbor provisions."

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