Stressing its belief that allegedly violating a private company’s terms of service is not a federal crime, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief calling for the dismissal of the computer fraud case against ticket brokers Wiseguy Tickets. Called a “Brief of Amici Curiae,” the document... Read more
This story was updated Thursday, July 1, at 5:54pm EST, to reflect that the tax percentage is slightly different in provinces, and that it has been in effect in some provinces prior to July 1. A new 13 percent tax on event tickets in much of Canada takes effect... Read more
The two sides in the Action Seating Winter Olympics ticket case are scheduled to meet with a Los Angeles judge tomorrow, June 25, to begin arguments over the alleged $3 million fraud. Representatives of Gene Hammett, owner of the Atlanta-based secondary ticket company Action Seating, are allegedly trying to... Read more
Concert promoter Seth Hurwitz is no stranger to squaring off against Live Nation Entertainment, having testified before Congress against the company’s merger with Ticketmaster, and having sued the company for alleged anti-competitive practices. Now, the Chairman of live entertainment company I.M.P., and the owner of the famous Washington DC-based... Read more
Ticket broker Scott Davis, who owns DerbyDeals.com, this week was charged with five counts of attempted theft, five counts of failing to remit sales taxes, and five misdemeanors and infractions for failing to properly register his business, in connection with an alleged Kentucky Derby ticket scam. Davis is also... Read more
The University of Kansas this week said five former KU athletics staff members and a consultant were allegedly implicated in a scheme to sell 17,609 men’s basketball tickets and 2,181 football tickets from 2005-10. The total loss to the university is $1.03 million, though that figure could rise to... Read more
In an attempt to force legislators to act, New York Gov. David Paterson is now calling for the state’s old ticket resale law – which took effect May 16 – to be enforced, a move that could potentially have far-reaching consequences for the event ticketing industry for at least... Read more
A legal fight between Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose and Live Nation Entertainment Executive Chairman Irving Azoff escalated this week when Rose sued the powerful artist manager for alleged bullying tactics as part of a plan to try to manipulate Rose into touring again with the original members... Read more
While New York’s ticket resale law expired on May 15, state legislators were continuing to hash out new language on separate Assembly and Senate bills this week, and it will likely be next week at the earliest before the matter is resolved. Multiple bills are floating around the two... Read more
In a move to buy some time while officials continue to negotiate new provisions, Gov. David Paterson has sent a letter to legislators seeking to extend the current ticket resale law for another week. The measure is set to expire tomorrow, May 15. Whether the letter will have any... Read more