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Quebec's much discussed "Bill 25" officially went into effect Thursday, June 7, changing the face of ticket resale within the Canadian province.
First introduced into committee on June 7, 2011, the bill quickly made its way through the Assembly and was voted into law on October 20, 2011. Under the terms of the new law, ticket brokers will be barred from reselling tickets at prices above face value without first obtaining the permission of the ticket's original vendor.
On May 30, 2012, the Fan Freedom Project announced that it has requested that Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper look into the use of ticketing bots in the sale of tickets to a recent concert from rising country singer Eric Church.
Thanks to the investigative work by NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, TN, it was discovered that tickets to a recently sold out concert from Church were purchased by a suspiciously large number of ticket resale outfits located throughout the U.S., including Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; and Massachusetts. Thinking this odd for a concert located in Nashville, TN, NewsChannel 5 contacted the Fan Freedom Project to discuss the situation, which, in turn led to the current request to investigate the sale.
On May 16, 2012, Live Nation and Clear Channel announced that the global class action lawsuit that has plagued the two companies for the past ten years has finally reached a settlement.
The original class action lawsuit, filed in 2002 by Malinda Heerwagen, alleged that Live Nation and its then parent company Clear Channel maintained a monopoly on the live-music concert industry. The initial suit was followed by 22 similar class action lawsuits filed throughout the country. The various suits were later consolidated into a single suit in 2007, which has been pending in the Los Angeles, CA federal court system.
Colorado jam band, String Cheese Incident aren't exactly household names but their recent stand against Ticketmaster has people talking.
Back in March the band announced plans for a 2012 summer tour, and that fans could purchase tickets to their shows from their official website at face value without the added service charges. The band even went as far as to pay for the credit card processing fees themselves in an effort to maintain fan-friendly ticketing.
California Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez is facing a public relations pickle following revelations that he resold 25 wristbands for the always popular Coachella Music Festival.
While Coachella's organizational parent company Goldenvoice outlines on the Coachella website that the festival does not "tolerate scalping of any kind at all," those same rules apparently do not apply to local California politicians. Pérez's campaign spokesman Josh Pulliam told The Desert Sun newspaper that Goldenvoice "specifically approved the campaign purchasing tickets for a campaign fundraiser."
Live Nation Entertainment Inc. announced that their Ticketmaster unit has resumed providing customers with a link to the company's ticket resale website TicketsNow.
According to Bloomberg, TicketsNow, which provides consumers with an alternative for purchasing tickets to sold-out events, received criticism from U.S. regulators and musician Bruce Springsteen who claimed that Ticketmaster was not up front with consumers about the company's services.
A New Jersey U.S. Representative is taking a second stab at passing national legislation that would bring transparency to online ticket sales and target the controversial use of computer technology in the purchase of concert tickets.
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat from New Jersey's newly realigned 8th District, announced on May 2, 2012 that he plans on re-introducing "The BOSS ACT," dubbing this incarnation the "2012 Tour." Pascrell previously introduced a bill by the same name in 2009, but it never made it past the initial committee stage.
The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday, April 19, with a 4-3 split decision that its anti-scalping law applies to authorized ticket agents like Ticketmaster. Despite Ticketmaster’s argument that its position as an agent of the arena makes its sales price the “box office price”, the court declared that the Deceptive Trade Practices Act does apply to exclusive agents of a public facility who sell tickets to events for prices above the face value or advertised price.
The Minnesota Vikings benefited from one of football's most memorable "Hail Mary" passes in week 15 of the 1980 season, when Tommy Kramer's 48-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Rashad as time expired gave the Vikings a dramatic 28-23 win over the Cleveland Browns and clinched the NFC Central for the Vikings.
Thirty-two years later, the Vikings might need another miracle last-second touchdown to stay in the state they have called home since joining the National Football League in 1961.
Legislation will be introduced in the Tennessee state house this week that, if passed, would drastically violate the privacy of fans and ticket brokers, infringe upon the ownership rights of fans, and expand and perfect Ticketmaster's monopoly of the ticketing industry. The bill, titled the "Fairness in Ticketing Act of 2012", would impose draconian measures upon the ticketing industry, limiting the ability of consumers to find tickets at a fair market value.
Portions of the bill violate consumer privacy, as it requires ticket resellers to provide more information about the ticket's origins. According to WSMV-TV in Nashville, the "bill would require… notice of who currently owns the ticket." This requirement would violate the privacy of fans and put artists, who often benefit from reselling tickets, in a legally grey area.