Joe Hand Promotions Sues Longwell and Pitt Stop Pub & Grill for Intercepting UFC Broadcast

New Albany, Indiana – Intellectual property attorneys for Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. of Feasterville, PA, have filed a lawsuit alleging William D. Longwell of Clarksville, IN, and Pitt Stop Pub & Grill of Beloit, WI improperly obtained a broadcast of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bout #94. The complaint alleges that the plaintiff holds the distribution rights to the UFC fight and that the defendants, in violation of 47 U.S.C. § 553 and 47 U.S.C. § 605(a), used illegal means to intercept the broadcast, such as an illegal satellite receiver, misrepresenting their business as a residence, or moving an authorized receiver from one location to another.

This case has been assigned to Judge Sarah Evans Barker and Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann in the Southern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 4:10-cv-00115-SEB-WGH.

Practice Tip: Most satellite signal providers employ encryption to limit reception to certain groups, such as paying subscribers, hotels, or cable companies. Even if an individual has a “residential” agreement with a satellite provider such as DirecTV, this does not give them the right to display the performance in a public setting like a bar or restaurant.

 

Complaint – Joe Hand v. Longwell by pauloverhauser on Scribd

Further Information about the case is as follows:

Filed: September 27, 2010 as 4:2010cv00115 Updated: September 27, 2010 20:34:13

Plaintiff: JOE HAND PROMOTIONS, INC.

Defendants: PITT STOP PUB & GRILL, LLC and WILLIAM D. LONGWELL

Presiding Judge:Sarah Evans Barker

Cause Of Action: Fed. Question

Court:

Seventh Circuit > Indiana > Southern District Court

Type:Other Statutes > Cable/Satellite TV

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