UFC sues pirate for $32 million


The UFC has filed a $32 million lawsuit against Steven Messina accusing him of pirating 141 UFC shows online.

The UFC has filed a lawsuit in New York seeking $32 million in damages from a Steven Messina, 27, according to a report from the New York Post. Messina apparently lives with his parents in Staten Island. The suit claims that Messina uploaded 141 different UFC events to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay and solicited PayPal donations to subsidize his piracy.

According to the UFC's court filings, Messina posted the videos under the handle "Secludedly" but UFC investigators believe they have proof linking Messina to the alias. According to the suit, Messina referred to himself as "Provider of Best MMA & Boxing rips online!" and asked viewers to "Help Me Cap PPV!" through his PayPal account, called "MMA Capping Fund!" The suit alleges that Messina was "trying to become "the king of PPV pirates online."

Zuffa, the parent company of UFC, has always taken an aggressive posture in defense of their intellectual property.

MMA Junkiehas some detail on how the $32 million figure was arrived at:

Zuffa is asking for up to $150,000 for each act of infringement; up to $110,000 for each illegal use of UFC content; up to $60,000 for intercepting UFC content; and lawyer's fees.

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