A key legislative leader in Massachusetts is drafting a bill that would do away with the state’s antiscalping law, allowing tickets to sports events and concerts to be resold at any price as long as the seller is licensed and offers consumer protections. Representative Michael J. Rodrigues, chairman of the Legislature’s Consumer Affairs and Professional Licensure Committee, said his proposal would bring Massachusetts in line with other states that have already scrapped their ticket scalping laws.
A group of big-name brand owners has teamed up to form CADNA: the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse. Members include Yahoo, Dell, Verizon and Marriott. According to a CADNA statement, "the coalition’s goals are to pursue Congressional legislation that would increase the statutory damages set forth by the existing Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, and to work with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to introduce an international anti-cybersquatting treaty."