Halt ticket scams

Last month, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, of Lycoming County, encouraged the Federal Trade Commission to review the practice of “white label” or “private label” ticket reselling.

These programs use deceptive web page address and aggressive search engine advertising to prey on consumers, often leading them to overpay for seats for concerts and sporting events. The sites — operated by a handful of unscrupulous companies — exist exclusively to rip off consumers. The FTC must take action.

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KGO 810 Radio – Consumers Are Being Scammed Into Paying Too Much For Bad Seats To Summer’s Hottest Concerts

KGO 810 Radio – Consumers Are Being Scammed Into Paying Too Much For Bad Seats To Summer’s Hottest Concerts

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Music Law Updates – Ontario opens public consultation on ticket touting bots, but Virginia wants a free market

Music Law Updates – Ontario opens public consultation on ticket touting bots, but Virginia wants a free market

The Executive Director of US lobbying group NetChoice, which counts StubHub owner eBay as a member, Steve DelBianco wrote in a recent article for the Washington Post that: “Virginians deserve to have safe and easy ways to buy, sell and give away their sports and concert tickets. Yet, Ticketmaster is focused on requiring fans to purchase ‘credit card entry’ tickets which require fans to present the credit card used to buy the ticket plus a government-issued identification card for the person who bought the ticket”.

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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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Music Law Updates – Ontario opens public consultation on ticket touting bots, but Virginia wants a free market

Music Law Updates – Ontario opens public consultation on ticket touting bots, but Virginia wants a free market

The Executive Director of US lobbying group NetChoice, which counts StubHub owner eBay as a member, Steve DelBianco wrote in a recent article for the Washington Post that: “Virginians deserve to have safe and easy ways to buy, sell and give away their sports and concert tickets.

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Complete Music Update – Virginia lawmakers seek to limit anti-touting measures in the state

Complete Music Update – Virginia lawmakers seek to limit anti-touting measures in the state

Those supporters include the US lobbying group NetChoice, which counts StubHub owner eBay as a member. Its Executive Director Steve DelBianco wrote in a recent op-ed piece for the Washington Post that: “Virginians deserve to have safe and easy ways to buy, sell and give away their sports and concert tickets. Yet, Ticketmaster is focused on requiring fans to purchase ‘credit card entry’ tickets which require fans to present the credit card used to buy the ticket plus a government-issued identification card for the person who bought the ticket”.

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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.

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Stubhub Concourse - Positive Tickets Legislation Introduced in Virginia and Missouri

In Virginia, this legislation has quickly gained the attention of fans and media. The Richmond Times Dispatch published two articles highlighting that the bill would (link is external) “protect the right of Virginians to buy an event ticket and to give it away as they please,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice. The second article (link is external) discusses the restrictions Ticketmaster has enforced on fans buying or selling tickets. StubHub supports this common sense approach to ticket restrictions that are often deemed inconvenient, unworkable, and unfair by fans.

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Richmond Times Dispatch - Markus Schmidt: Albo bill could clear hurdle for resale of concert tickets

Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a Washington-based trade association of e-commerce businesses and online consumers, said that while the delegate’s proposal is brief, it would protect consumers’ rights.

“When people buy an event ticket they can give that away as they please,” DelBianco said. “While the bill doesn’t prohibit (Ticketmaster) from issuing these restrictive tickets, they also have to issue a transferable ticket, giving fans a choice.”

Ticketmaster and LNE have yet to respond to Albo’s proposal, but DelBianco said the companies might not be opposed to removing the roadblocks they created eight years ago — because they can now rely on a new federal law that prohibits cyber scalpers from using bots to scoop up thousands of tickets for popular sporting events, concerts and theater performances to resell on other websites.

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Richmond Times Dispatch - Stuck with a paperless ticket to a game or show? Albo bill would make it easier to sell in Va.

“Restricted ticketing is not a surgical solution, it’s a treatment that’s worse than the disease,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a Washington-based trade association of e-commerce businesses and online consumers who share the goal of promoting convenience, choice and commerce on the net.

Albo’s measure would protect the right of Virginians to buy an event ticket and to give it away as they please, DelBianco said.

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