“Legal Issues and Ticketing Trends” will be a hot topic of discussion at this week’s Ticket Summit. Panel attendees will get to hear the...

“Legal Issues and Ticketing Trends” will be a hot topic of discussion at this week’s Ticket Summit. Panel attendees will get to hear the latest in ticketing legislation that is likely to affect resellers, venue operators and related professionals, as well as what’s on the docket for legislatures across the country that may impact business in the coming year.

Kathleen Philips, JD, General Counsel for FanSnap, a search engine for live event tickets, once again joins the panel of presenters to discuss legal issues at Ticket Summit. Philips comes to Ticket Summit with a wealth of legal experience, much of this in the consumer products and ticketing industries. Prior to her position at FanSnap, she acted as General Counsel for HotWire, Pure Digital Technologies and, most recently, StubHub. Philips recently shared with TicketNews her thoughts about the upcoming Ticket Summit panel.

“For folks who attended the summer 2009 Ticket Summit, we’ll be further exploring those issues, including taxation and working with representatives to have ticket brokers’s voices heard. In addition, we have a couple of new things. One is, for the first time we’ll have an international representative on the panel, Marlies Hoedemaker from Worldticketshop, and that will give us an interesting perspective. For the first time we’ll hear about developments abroad.

She added, “We’ll [also] be talking about what’s coming up on a variety of state legislatures. We’ll be covering the calendar for that, and what state and local jurisdictions we need to watch for ticket resale legislation. It’s impossible to predict what jurisdictions will be hot for 2010, but its good to get an idea of what’s coming, to keep an eye out and inform everybody so that we can all work together to get involved.”

Braden Cox, JD is Research and Policy Counsel for NetChoice, an association of e-commerce businesses, consumers and trade groups which support the protection of choice, convenience and commerce online. In his current role, Cox organizes support for legislation that promotes the free market in ticketing and works to contest regulations that may obstruct the market. Cox’s experience includes civil litigation and policy work, with a particular expertise in technology-related public policy issues.

Cox also discussed his upcoming presentation with TicketNews, noting that he is likely to explore issues he has presented in previous talks. “In the past I’ve discussed how online ticket brokers can be impacted by changes in sales tax law. I’ve also discussed state legislative activity—which states have recently deregulated or liberalized their reselling laws, or which states are looking to regulate.”

Hoedemaker, marketing manager of Worldticketshop, joins the panel presentation this year, having attended past Ticket Summits. Based in the Netherlands, Worldticketshop is an online broker service that sells tickets to events throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. Hoedemaker, who holds a Master’s Degree in International and European Law, runs legal strategy and provides government relations and legal liaison services for Worldticketshop.

Speaker Dustin Brighton is Senior Manager of Government Relations for eBay. Dighton’s area of expertise lies in the field of government affairs management, having worked with Microsoft and Wal-Mart in similar capacities.

Presenting from TicketNetwork will be Dan Pullium, Director of Government Relations. A former policy analyst and researcher with the Connecticut State Assembly, Pullium brings significant experience in legislative operations, government relations and policy work to this week’s panel. TicketNetwork is the event’s creator and parent company of TicketNews.

Ticket Summit runs from January 13-15, 2010, at the historic Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.

“Legal Issues and Ticketing Trends” will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 2:30 PM to 4 PM in the hotel’s Palm Room South.