Thousands illegally stream a boxing fight through the reflection off a guy's glasses


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"Stop moving your head..." said one commentator on a man's livestream, as he filmed himself watching the weekend boxing fight between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul.

Ironically, the platform of choice for the illegal livestream was also YouTube, where it was viewed by 11,000 people who likely had to focus a bit more than usual to work out the action from the reflection of the streamer's glasses.

Both KSI and Logan Paul, who were competing for the 'YouTube championship belt,' share a controversial history on the video platform, and their past rivalries have been said to fetch quite big audiences.

It's also why promoters of these popular events have raised piracy concerns and limited viewership to pay-per-view only. However, disgruntled fans have protested by resorting to the pirating seas of torrents and by sharing illegal stream links of these events.

Although such links are usually brought down soon enough, watching paywalled content through a glasses' reflection in a livestream shows people's creativity and the lengths they're willing to go to get what they want.

The duo's latest fight saw KSI emerge as the winner, as could be said of those who streamed the match illegally in the perpetual and complex fight between piracy and (broadcasting) copyrights.

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Why is it illegal to watch some dude's face on YouTube?

While there was intent to broadcast, this is somewhat like someone sharing video of watersports with the boat's stereo playing music in the background. Several videos have been banned and taken offline just because of background music. I view it as free advertisement of the artist. I often add those songs to my playlist, which means they now get additional plays (read: money). ugh....