As Q1 ends, the intense focus on ticket buying bots and the secondary ticketing market feels like it has reached a fever pitch and significant change is most certainly just around the corner. Keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the fight against online touts, and a few more interesting news snippets, below:
- The House of Lords have approved more legislation governing the ticket resale market and empowered the commons to criminalise the use of bots.
- The newest (and perhaps unwanted) development in the campaign against ticket touting is taking place in Alabama. The US state is considering creating a statutory right for consumers to be able to resale tickets.
- Stuart Galbraith, CEO of Kilimanjaro Live has taken some pot-shots at the amount of money Google’s makes from secondary ticketing providers via pay-per-click advertising.
- After a six month pilot, we’ve made Entry Genius: Live Sync available to all of our promoters. Find out how you can keep selling even after you event has started without affecting your on the door scanning operation.
- The UK music industry’s two performing rights organisations – PRS For Music (songs/live performance) and PPL (recordings) – have announced that they are piloting a new system to link their respective databases.
- And finally, it’s Ticketing Technology Forum 2017 next week and our Director, Reshad Hossenally, will be involved in the ‘Newcomers and Disrupters panel’, find out more here.
That’s it for this week, check-in next Friday for another news roundup.