Merriweather Memories: Why I support a Ticket Rights Resale Act in MD

I have many fond memories of growing up in my hometown of Columbia MD – several of them are of the times I had with friends and family at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. I remember using the money I earned from delivering the Columbia Flyer to buy tickets to its concerts. I remember my Wilde Lake High School wrestling team providing security for its events. I remember seeing the Symphony of Lights and my high school graduation ceremony at Merriweather.   

To me, these types of experiences are the cornerstone of so many positive memories, which is why I am saddened that companies like Ticketmaster are increasingly using ticket restrictions and inconveniencing fans. 

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Tattletale Tax Reporting Law Violates Consumer Privacy, Coloradans Say

Overwhelming Majority Say State Should Not Be Collecting Personal Information on Shopping Habits, NetChoice Survey Finds

An overwhelming majority of Coloradans believe a state law forcing online and catalog businesses to report personal purchase information to state tax authorities is an invasion of privacy, per a new NetChoice survey of Colorado residents.* Residents also view the law’s misguided aim to collect sales and use taxes as a statewide tax increase.

Fully 78 percent of Coloradans said the state should not be allowed to force businesses to turn over information on their internet purchases, including the retailer’s name, the customer’s name, the billing address, the shipping address, and the amount of purchases. Read more

Don’t let ticket companies take a fundamental freedom in Virginia

Twenty-five years ago, Seinfeld warned us of the dangers of double-dipping. However, double-dipping is not relegated only to hors d’oeuvres and sitcoms. In the real world, Ticketmaster has perfected the double dip, reaping billions of dollars by managing events and selling tickets on the primary market.

For years, Ticketmaster has dipped into the revenues of bands and other acts via its Live Nation Entertainment Group and then dipped into the discretionary income of consumers, charging fees per ticket sale on the primary market.

Now, the company has its sights set on a new challenge: the triple dip.

READ MORE at the Washington Post

TicketMaster’s New System Leaves Privacy Out in the Cold

Identity theft is far and away the top complaint received by the FTC.  And to prevent ID theft, the FTC advises consumers to protect their credit card numbers and their driver’s license.

These concerns get thrown to the wind under the TicketMaster “Credit Card Entry” system.

The TicketMaster’s Credit Card Entry system requires fans to turn-over their credit card number when buying a ticket.  This part makes sense.  But TicketMaster then keeps that number and demands you handover your credit card and driver’s license to the venue attendant at the door.

What does this mean for your security?   Read more

California Privacy Bills Top List of Internet’s Worst Legislation

Before today, we’ve never selected a state’s entire legislative agenda as the top item on our iAWFUL list of bad Internet laws, because no single state had ever made such a concerted effort to regulate, restrict and repress e-commerce.

California has always had a reputation for being pioneering.

Over the past six months, the Sacramento statehouse has unleashed a torrent of misguided, regressive bills targeted at the heart of the innovation industry that is at the heart of the economic recovery – not only in California, but across the nation.

Individually, none of these bills poses as much threat as the second item on our list – the federal Internet sales tax  that topped the last iAWFUL – but taken together they not only represent a disturbing new trend of regulatory interventionism, but also a serious threat to the Internet economy. Read more

Tennessee Tickets Bill Breaks the Internet and is Unfair to Fans

A Tennessee bill supported by ticketing giant TicketMaster could harm Internet users everywhere, and for some of the world’s largest and most popular online services.

Ostensibly aimed at cracking down on ticket scalpers, the proposed Fairness in Ticketing Act would prohibit websites like ESPN and Google from having Internet addresses containing trademarked terms. makes it easy for fans of the University of Tennessee “Volunteers” to find the latest scores by visiting  But since “Volunteers” is trademarked, ESPN would either have to ask permission from UT or alter its website labels. Read more

TicketMaster’s Paperless Tickets Leave Michael Buble Fans Out in The Cold

Who would have thought going to see a Michael Buble concert would leave someone damp, cold, and disappointed.  But that is how one concert-goer felt after having his first experience with TicketMaster’s paperless tickets.

The TicketMaster paperless ticket scheme requires the purchaser of the ticket, not the holder, to provide a photo ID and the credit card used to buy the ticket.  For  years we have tried to protect fans from the hassle that comes with TicketMaster’s paperless tickets.  But despite our ongoing battle, paperless tickets are already hassling sports fans and concert-goers across the US.

Richard Darr is the latest victim of the paperless ticket when he received tickets to Michael Buble’s Nashville concert.  However, what should have been easy ultimately required Richard to get soaked in rain, make dozens of frantic phone calls, and drive to grab a friend’s credit card and photo ID — all in the minutes before the concert began. Read more

Minnesota Takes on the TicketMonster

Minnesota’s legislature donned armor, grabbed a sword, and rode off to slay the TicketMonster that’s terrorizing Minnesota fans.  Voting in favor of SF425, Minnesota House and Senate Committees said Minnesota fans shouldn’t be oppressed by TicketMaster’s electronic ticket policScreen-captureies.


The bill would make it “unlawful for a ticket issuer to prohibit or restrict the resale . . . of an event ticket by a lawful possessor of the ticket.” Read more

Fighting the Ticket Monster

Ticket monsterIf you ever buy, sell, or give away a sports or concert ticket, you will soon run into the Ticket Monster.   This voracious beast won’t be satisfied until it controls and collects fees on every ticket sold in the secondary market.  And the Ticket Monster cleverly disguises itself as a convenience called ‘paperless tickets’ from the folks at TicketMaster.


So what is a paperless ticket?  Instead of a regular ticket that you can give to family, friends, or sell to someone else, a paperless ticket is tethered to the last purchaser. To use a paperless ticket at a game or concert, you must show your photo ID and the credit card you used to buy the ticket.  Read more

Cubs Fans Can’t Catch a Break

Long-suffering fans of the Chicago Cubs Cubsoften find themselves needing that last-minute ticket to a ballgame or find themselves looking to unload a couple of tickets. For example, let’s say Bob has family  coming to Chicago and needs tickets to the Cubs.  Meanwhile, Sam’s son made the soccer finals and Sam can’t use his Cubs tickets. Historically, Sam would waste his tickets and Bob would have to watch from the couch.

All that changed when online auction sites like eBay and StubHub came into the market and began matching-up all the Bobs and Sams of the world. Suddenly, more families were making it to Cubs games while others had more money in their pockets. Read more