A torrent pirate who was sued by the UFC for £24.6million ($32m) claims he isn’t sorry for the damages he brought on and has by no means paid a penny.
In 2014, Steven Messina was efficiently sued by the corporate for creating torrents of UFC programming underneath the pseudonym ‘Secludedly’.
The UFC accused Messina of importing pirated UFC materials to well-liked torrent websites The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents and sought to assert £14.27m in statutory damages for copyright infringement and as much as £10.46m for breaches of the Federal Communications Act.
Though the swimsuit was settled out of courtroom, the UFC claimed an apology was issued from Messina in September 2014.
Nonetheless, in an interview with TorrentFreak, Messina claims he by no means made the apology and was performing purely out of selflessness.
“I by no means publicly apologised, nor was I ever sorry,” claimed Messina. “I did what I believed was proper for the numerous who couldn’t see these occasions, and I take satisfaction in that truth.”
STEVEN MESSINA’S STATEMENT FROM 2014
Messina claims he by no means really wrote this assertion after being sued for $32millon
“I apologize to the UFC for any damages incurred because of my actions in illegally distributing copyrighted UFC broadcasts. Because of my confession for piracy of UFC’s protected content material, I totally settle for the phrases of the settlement with the UFC.
“I now notice the hurt brought on by my actions. It’s my hope that I can use this troublesome interval as a studying expertise as I transfer on with my life. I’d additionally like to inform anybody pirating UFC broadcasts, both by way of unlawful downloading or non-authorized streaming, that it’s unlawful and never well worth the threat.”
“Nobody bought damage and different folks nonetheless made cash,” he continued. “If something, the UFC ought to have thanked me for my assist in creating yet one more platform or avenue for these hardworking athletes to get recognised and to assist their very own company develop, as insignificant it might have been.
“No matter what they are saying, they didn’t lose cash. That’s merely an archaic bull s*** mindset.”
He added: “You already know who brought on hurt? The UFC did… to themselves. They went after a sick, disabled, younger man with no penny to his title that loves and helps the product.
“How does that make them look? It’s no marvel they had been so determined to place out that article to FOX Sports activities of me admitting I ‘did incorrect and apologised.’”
Messina then went on to defend downloading tradition.
He continued: “When you’re downloading or streaming from anyplace on the web, then you definately both don’t have the channel on TV, the cash to afford the PPV, or dwell in a spot the place it’s not accessible.
“Are you attempting to inform me that individuals who can barely pay their payments shouldn’t be in a position to present assist in your product in the event that they so select?
“You need to be appreciating that folks even WANT to obtain the product to start with.
“Positive, folks could not be capable of purchase the PPV that comes out the day earlier than lease is due, however does that imply they aren’t supporting you?”