Proposed B.C. Ticket Sales Act Restricts Resale, Ignores Transparency
British Columbia Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has introduced legislation in the Canadian province intended to “bring more fairness and transparency” to purchasing tickets to live entertainment events in B.C., according to numerous outlets. The Ticket Sales Act, introduced Tuesday, would outlaw the use of automated “bot” software programs in... Read more
FTC Announces “Public Workshop” Examining Ticketing in Spring 2019
The Federal Trade Commission is holding a “public workshop” to examine consumer protection and competition issues within the online event ticketing world, announced on Thursday. The workshop will take place on March 27, 2019. “The online event ticket industry has been a frequent topic of consumer and competitor complaints,”... Read more
NY City Council Member Seeks to Require Up-Front Service Fee Disclosure
A new measure proposed by New York City Councilman Justin Brannan would require those selling tickets list fees with the initial price, rather than deep into the transaction, as so often practiced by the industry, according to a story in the Daily News. Brannan, a democrat representing Brooklyn, introduced... Read more
UK Resellers Toe Transparency Line; Holdout Viagogo Threatened
After a media campaign spearheaded by the ownership of Twickets – a ticket marketplace with price caps on resale – three of the four major operators in the UK marketplace have agreed to substantial increases in transparency in listing of resale tickets. The lone holdout, Viagogo, is being threatened... Read more
Opinion: Carton’s Scheme a Symptom of Ticketing’s Transparency Problem
by Dave Wakeman, Special to Ticket News Last week news broke that morning radio host Craig Carton was arrested for a Ponzi Scheme involving tickets and resale of tickets on the secondary market. While surprising coming on the heels of so many other negative ticket related stories of late like: Bruce... Read more
Ticketmaster Opens NY Legal Push With Misleading Claim
Is a misleading claim in its opening volley in the quest to shape ticketing law in New York a sign of things to come from Ticketmaster? The ticketing giant was one of many operators in the industry to meet with legislators and officials of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office last... Read more
Paperless Ticketing Among Ticketmaster Targets in NY Talks
The long and winding road into the future of ticketing in New York got underway on Thursday in Albany, as members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office met with representatives from the industry. According to the New York Daily News, Ticketmaster tipped its hand, passing a list of its priorities... Read more
Transparency For Ticket Costs to Be Enforced in Netherlands
Consumers in the Netherlands can look forward to more transparency in ticket buying. Dutch authority for consumers and markets ACM announced that all costs must be included in the base price displayed for online concert, festival, and theater tickets in the country. The measure was taken due to numerous... Read more