Bieber tweet stirs piracy talk
MANILA, Philippines - Justin Bieber elicited an annoyed retweet from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) head Dana White, after the pop star asked his followers to send him a video of a fight held Saturday, July 6 (July 7 MNL), reports Forbes.
Bieber’s tweet, which sought, in effect, a pirated copy of the much anticipated bout that had Chris Weidman clobbering UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, was retweeted more than 50,000 times.
The tweet also elicited more than the feedback of fans. White's terse retweet was “PPV [Pay Per View] Justin.”
Who has a video of the ufc fight tonight? Send it to me— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 7, 2013
PPV Justin RT @justinbieber: Who has a video of the ufc fight tonight? Send it to me— Dana White (@danawhite) July 7, 2013
This is the latest of Bieber's cyber-controversies regarding copyright issues. Forbes reports the singer suing Fight the Future in 2011 after the advocacy group cited Bieber as an artist who would be adversely affected by the criminalization of online streaming, a key driver behind his popularity.
Bieber has had other controversies in social media, notably his comments about Anne Frank. - With reports from Ira Agting/Rappler.com
Justin Bieber photo by Debby Wong from Shutterstock