So you want to be a video star? You’ll have to work on your gaming skills first—you wouldn’t want to disappoint your future legions of YouTube fans with a 0-64 record in StarCraft II.
Wait, what? Videogame streaming (and commentary) is a huge deal nowadays, and it’s a lot easier to get in on the action than you might think. And don’t forget bragging rights: Wouldn’t you want to show all of your friends just how well you can wield a zergling? Or a portal gun? Or a desert bus adventure?
We recently told you about the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) attempting to get IP addresses of suspected pirates from Ustream and Juntin.tv. UFC's parent company Zuffa LLC claimed that several IP addresses were streaming pay-per-view UFC content to tens of thousands of individuals. Zuffa is only pursuing those accused of streaming the content, not the viewers. Today, Ustream has announced that they have complied with the subpoena and handed over the IP addresses.
Ustream has gone a step further by updating their video monitoring tools to take down copyrighted content more quickly. Zuffa's CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta seemed to make it clear in recent House Judiciary Committee testimony that they would be pursuing this matter aggressively. He claimed in his testimony that UFC was losing "tens of millions" because of these streams. Maybe fuzzy math, but Ustream took them seriously. Juntin.tv has not said if they complied with the order as of yet.
Do you think Zuffa should be going after the streamers like this, or is there another way?
You guys asked for a video podcast, and we've delivered. Sort of. In the first post-controversial-musical edition of the No BS Podcast, we experimented with streaming video of the show live on ustream.tv. Will twittered about the show once we got the webcams set up, and 40 people jumped into the channel to watch Gordon, Will, Norm, and Alex chat about this week's news and last week's regrets (spoiler: we have none). Download the MP3 (it's much longer than 21 minutes) and sync up the audio to the video recording on ustream. Be sure to follow us on Twitter as well, so you can find out when we do our next live podcast recording. If you're willing to watch the live feed, we're more than happy to broadcast it.
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