There are just a few hours left until Mayweather vs McGregor, one of the most eagerly anticipated boxing matches of all time, and pirated streaming links are getting hotter and hotter.
The Saturday’s boxing match between is sparking a fierce battle outside the ring over pirated live-streams. The T-Mobil Arena in Las Vegas is being distributed live by Showtime Pay-Per-View, with pricing ranging from $90 to $100, while millions are expected to watch.
The two fighters have agreed to a money-spinning 12-round with Mayweather set to earn over $100million (£78.4m) for the fight.
The fight, however, has been described as potentially “the most pirated event in history” and has already prompted legal action by Showtime Networks. Earlier this month, the CBS subsidiary sued more than 40 websites to prevent unauthorized streaming of the clash. However, this hasn’t stopped the illegal links to continue to be shared.
The fight also presents a potential challenge for Facebook if the footage is streamed via Facebook Live. This could be shot at the event itself, or via TV footage. Facebook told Fox News that it devotes “significant resources” to addressing copyright issues for live content on the platform.