The UFC has made it known in the past, that if you steal their content, you will pay. The New York Post is reporting that the UFC is suing a New York man and his friends for $32 million in damages and court costs for pirating 141 UFC events onto sites like piratebay.org.
The lawyer representing Zuffa in the case, Julie Lonstein states that Steven Messina and his friends told others to upload and share UFC content and solicited donations to aid the in the practice.
Messina is from Staten Island lives with his parents, didn’t comment in the story from the Post. The article stated that Messina was hell bent on becoming, “King of the Pirates”. Here are some of the other allegations against them.
•Messina and associates “are intent on becoming the most well known pirates and infringers on the internet by making their mark on the major torrent websites available on the internet.”
•Messina attempted to operate anonymously under the name Secludedly.
•Asked viewers to “Help Me Cap PPV!” through his PayPal donation account, called “MMA Capping Fund!”
•Called himself the “Provider of Best MMA & Boxing rips online!”
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.