After tickets to a February 2012, Kalamazoo, MI concert from Elton John were scooped up in a matter of minutes by the suspected use of ticketing bots, Michigan citizens demanded action be taken to stop such an event from happening again. The Michigan House and Senate are currently debating bills that would make it illegal to use or sell ticketing bot software in the state.
Over the past several years, numerous high profile concert ticket sales have been hindered by the suspected use of ticketing bot software. While individuals wait online to purchase tickets, ticketing bots allow their users to jump to the front of the line and purchase large numbers of tickets at one time. This very often leads to concerts and other high profile events selling out in a matter of minutes, leaving the Average Joe with no tickets. Those same tickets will then appear on secondary ticketing sites being sold at above face value.
New Jersey is about to put an end to paperless tickets just as its neighbor New York has in recent years.
On June 18, a New Jersey Assembly committee voted to ban the sale of paperless tickets in the state as part of a larger bill touching on many areas of primary and secondary ticketing.
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.