Triller launches illegal streaming crackdown over Jake Paul vs Ben Askren claiming $100m in damages

TRILLER have launched a massive lawsuit claiming £72million in damages over illegal streaming of Jake Paul vs Ben Askren.

Saturday night's pay-per-view fight was legally bought by 1.5m fans.

That placed in into the top ten for the all-time list of PPV boxing bouts.

And Paul claimed he raked in a staggering £54m from those buys alone.

But as reported by Yahoo, the social media company have filed the legal challenge in California against 11 streamers who allegedly broadcast the card to a reported 2m people.

A Triller statement said: "It’s shocking to think a theft so grand can be done so blatantly and brazenly and steal with no remorse.

"There is zero difference between what they did and walking into a market stealing tons of a product and selling it at a discount in the parking lot.

"It’s neither civilly nor criminally any different and we are prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law.

"There were far over 2m illegal streams, akin to hundreds of millions of dollars.

"Sites, mostly using Google’s YouTube, are causing significant damage not just to Fight Club but content creators overall.

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“People put a lot of hard work time and money into creating a product for the consumer and having it stolen and resold is terribly damaging.

"The good news is they are not protected by VPN masking or other firewalls as their activities are criminal and grand theft so we will ultimately find them and prevail not just for us but for content creators in general.

"We intend on working closely with the authorities as well to stop this highly illegal behaviour."

The Paul-Askren fight was just the second event Triller streamed live – after the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr exhibition – but made massive numbers.

And it did not even last to the end of round one.

The YouTuber made light work of the ex-wrestler with an early knockout.

Paul landed a simple one-two over the top and left the retired UFC fighter unable to continue in the eyes of the referee.

Some viewers accused the fight of being rigged – especially after Askren was spotted laughing in the aftermath.

But he denied those claims and revealed details of his ordeal to get physically ready after hip surgery.

Paul, 24, moved to 3-0 in his boxing career since turning professional in January 2020 and dedicated the win to his bodyguard Shamir 'Shadow' Bolivar, who passed away earlier this month.

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