Creative streamer breaks the law by pretending to play the new UFC game but instead successfully streams a pay-per-view match. With a controller in his hand!
He gets only a 24-hour ban on Twitch. For now.
The US streamer Adrian Lester or AJ for short managed to stream the whole UFC 218 pay-per-view match this Sunday. All by pretending to play the new UFC game, while holding a controller and faking it! And he streamed it simultaneously on quite a lot of platforms – including Twitch. And at the time I am writing this article, he got only one 24-hour ban only on that platform on which he is currently in a middle of a little bit of Fortnite with friends.
“Twitch full of snitches” – AJ
Mr. Lester also went a little bit viral with his story being broken by Eurogamer and various other publications. He also gained a few thousand followers across his media platforms. On a periscope where he announces that he has a 24-hour ban on Twitch, he boasts that he gained a boost of quite a lot of followers. 3,000 followers on Twitch, 3,000 on Twitter and 1,000 on YouTube to be precise. A quick socialblade search proves him right. AJ also mentions that he is hoping that FBI will not go after him. What he did is highly illegal and even if the authorities don’t go after him, the UFC will. Especially with the fact that he did it in such a way.
Sadly for him, what he did is a violation of the US copyright laws and he might get in legal trouble. Streaming and distribution of copyrighted material without a license can lead to great punishment in the US. And the fact that he accepts donations on his Twitch stream boosts that speculation even more – he conducted criminal copyright infringement. So yeah, the 24-hour Twitch ban might not be the only trouble he will be going through.
The story proves that even with all the automation, no platform is safe from those kind of tricks. Bear in mind Twitch is pretty swift at taking down pretty fast but as we can see no system is perfect.