StubHub Responds to Ontario’s New Ticket Resale Law
After months of back-and-forth between Canadian lawmakers and ticket industry leaders, The Candian Press announced today that Ontario passed the Ticket Sales Act. The new law makes it illegal to use bot software or knowingly resell tickets purchased via bot software, bans tickets from being resold at more than... Read more
Arizona Lawmaker Aims to Outlaw Ticket Bots
Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, has proposed a law that would make it illegal to use computer software to impersonate a human for “nefarious reasons”, including buying up concert and theater tickets to resell, reports AZ Central. Kavanagh says he was inspired to write the bill after hearing stories... Read more
Saints Season Ticket Holder Sues for Refund Due to Anthem Protests
A New Orleans Saints fan and season ticket holder has sued the team for a refund on his tickets due to the ongoing protests during the national anthem, according to a report in The Advocate. The fan, Lee Dragna, filed suit on Monday seeking the value of his season... Read more
Concert Promoter Sued by State Over Cancelled Festival
A Buffalo-based concert promoter has been sued by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for failing to provide refunds for Buffalove Music Festival 2017 after it was cancelled this summer, per The Buffalo News. Buffalove was supposed to take place on July 20 – 23 at The Woods at... Read more
Report: Songkick Pitched Ticketmaster on Purchase During Lawsuit
In a new wrinkle to the ongoing lawsuit between Songkick and Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Ampthemag.com is reporting that an investment banker representing Songkick approached a Live Nation executive over the summer to inquire whether or not the Ticketmaster parent company would have any interest in purchasing the struggling business. Songkick... Read more
Tortuga, Ticketfly Tangle in Ticketing Litigation
Fearing a lawsuit from Ticketfly that could interfere with the 2018 edition of the popular Tortuga Festival in Florida, event organizers have preemptively brought suit against the ticketing subsidiary of Eventbrite in Federal court in Tennessee, according to several outlets. The suit stems from an agreement between Ticketfly and... Read more
Price-Meister Statement on Accepting Permanent Injunction in Broker Genius Suit
Price-Meister, which was sued by Broker Genius for allegedly building its broker pricing intelligence product off the framework of BG’s existing product, has issued a statement following its accepting of a permanent injunction and shutting down operations in late November. “While we have not elected to proceed in litigation,... Read more
German Officials Ban Exclusive Contracts by Ticketing Leader
The Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) in Germany issued a ban on exclusive contracts with box offices and promoters by CTS Eventim, which dominates the ticketing market in the country, holding a 50-70% market share. The agency cited the company’s dominant market position in its belief that such exclusive contracts... Read more
Cyber Bots Target Holiday Toys
“Bots”, the high-speed technology usually employed to purchase mass amounts of tickets for the purpose of inflated resale, are now being used to buy up the most popular toys as we approach the gift-giving season, says the NY Daily News. After complaints of impossibly fast sellouts to popular concerts... Read more
Liverpool Take Legal Action Against Australian Travel Agency Offering Tickets
Liverpool FC, a Premier League team with notoriously die-hard supporters and hard-to-get tickets, has taken legal action against Great Events, an Australian travel agency, for advertising a Liverpool-themed trip that included match tickets. Fans brought the trip to the attention of the Liverpool organization because they were angered to... Read more