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Man held in pirate WWE videos probe

A man has been arrested by anti-online piracy police officers, accused of illegally uploading thousands of wrestling and martial arts videos to "pirate" websites.

The 55-year-old was held in an early-morning raid in Coalville, Leicestershire, in connection with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) material uploaded to peer-to-peer (P2P) and user-generated content (UGC) sites.

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), which carried out today's raid, said the man is accused of uploading 3.2 terabytes (3,200 gigabytes) of copyrighted content, the equivalent of 3,000 videos, which have been downloaded two million times and cost the sports' rights holders millions of pounds in lost revenue.

PIPCU, which is part of the City of London Police, said the man is believed to be one of the internet's biggest illegal uploaders of WWE and UFC material.

Its head, Detective Chief Inspector Danny Medlycott, said: "This is not a victimless crime as copyright infringement is costing our creative industries hundreds of millions of pounds.

"Our team is dedicated to combating criminals ripping off other's intellectual property and so those who are thinking of taking this path should think twice, as it might result in a knock on the door from our officers."

PIPCU said the man was being questioned at a local police station and several computers have been seized from his home.

WWE senior vice president Jim Langham said: "WWE provides many options for our fans to watch our content lawfully - on television, pay-per-view, and digitally via YouTube and the WWE Network. We will continue to protect our intellectual property aggressively and combat piracy in any form."

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