Ticketmaster, Prestige Entertainment Settle “Bot” case in California
Ticketmaster and Prestige Entertainment have settled a lawsuit regarding the latter’s alleged use of automated programs to purchase numerous tickets by evading the Live Nation-owned giant’s limits. While the ticketing operator achieved one goal of its litigation – a promise by Prestige that it would not use such programs... Read more
Questions We’d Like to See Answered at the FTC Online Ticket Sales Workshop
On Tuesday morning, the attention of the ticket-buying world will be fixed firmly on Washington D.C., as the Federal Trade Commission hosts its Online Ticket Sales Workshop, set to begin at 9:30 AM. The schedule and panels are posted, so we have a general idea of the topics that... Read more
Wakeman: 5 thoughts heading into the FTC Ticketing Workshop
Tomorrow is the FTC’s Online Ticketing Workshop in Washington, DC and with the panels announced and the agenda set, I thought I’d point out a few thoughts I have after reflecting on this for a few moments. I’m expecting a more contentious affair than a lot of other people... Read more
Billions of Bots, But Limited Clarity on the Actual Threat
Every day, it seems, there are fresh headlines about how bad the bot menace is in the ticketing world. “Bots at the Box Office Pushing Event Ticket Prices Higher” reads a headline from NBC Bay Area in early May. “All these procedures are put in place to discourage scalpers,... Read more
Ticketmaster Dealt Blow in “Bot” Lawsuit With Judge’s Decision
Ticketmaster’s lawsuit against Prestige Entertainment took a hit last week when the presiding judge sided against the ticketing giant on one aspect of its claims against the secondary ticketing operator. Ticketmaster sued Prestige for $10 million in damages last year, alleging that the company illegally used software programs to... Read more
Former Live Nation Chairman Cohl Throws Water on Constant “Bot” Blame
Longtime Toronto concert promoter and former Live Nation chairman Michael Cohl might be an unlikely source to find throwing water on the constant blaming of “bot” usage whenever a concert sells out in moments. But expecting the unexpected seems to be the way to go in 2018 (much like... Read more
Massachusetts Broker Settles With Washington in Bot Case
A Massachusetts-based ticket broker signed a consent decree in Washington, agreeing to pay $60,000 in costs and fees in connection with allegations that he violated the state’s Ticket Seller’s Act by using software programs to purchase tickets to events. Taylor Kurth, who operates both Find My Seats LLC and... Read more
Ticketmaster Fires Back at Prestige Entertaiment Attempt to Dismiss Bot Suit
Ticketmaster fought back against an attempt to have its suit against Prestige Entertainment and related entities dismissed on Monday in a California federal court. Prestige, which Ticketmaster alleges bought millions of dollars in tickets using automated “bots” to then resell on the secondary market, filed a motion to dismiss in... Read more
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
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