Zuffa Files Complaint Against Alleged UFC Pay-Per-View Pirate

By Mike Whitman May 1, 2014
Zuffa has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to pay-per-view pirates. | /Sherdog.com

Ultimate Fighting Championship parent company Zuffa is suing a New York man accused of pirating UFC pay-per-views, asking for millions in restitution.

Zuffa filed a complaint on April 29 in U.S. District Court against Steven A. Messina, alleging the 27-year-old uploaded copyrighted pay-per-views to file-sharing websites on at least 124 separate occasions.

The complaint alleges that Messina violated the U.S. Copyright Act, and Zuffa is requesting the court award the company $150,000 for each of the alleged 124 violations. The company also stated that the 124 alleged uploads violated two parts of the Federal Communications Act. Zuffa is requesting $110,000 and $60,000 for each of the alleged uploads, plus attorneys fees.

Messina allegedly uploaded the content under the username “Secludedly” and requested donations from fellow file-sharing users to fund the alleged illegal activities, according to the complaint.

The UFC held its most recent pay-per-view on April 26. UFC 172 took place at Baltimore Arena and saw Jon Jones successfully defend his light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira in the evening’s main event. The event was available both online and through cable and satellite providers for a price of $54.99 for high definition and $44.99 for standard definition.

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