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.
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.
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