Article: WHERE NEXT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TICKET TOUTS?:
Articles / May 2009

Click here to download this article as a PDF file (.pdf) Update 28/05/09: Depeche Mode ticket re-sales banned in Germany CMU daily (28/05/08) reports that a German court has banned a secondary ticketing website from selling tickets to the upcoming Depeche Mode tour in the country. Promoter  Marek Lieberberg,  took ticketing portal Ventic, owned by Dutch company Smartfox Media, to court after they began reselling tickets for Depeche Mode gigs which they had bought off the promoter’s company, or third parties. The lawsuit was based on the fact the terms and conditions attached to the tickets ban their resale, which, therefore, technically speaking puts Ventic, and any third parties they represent, in breach of contract and because Ventic hid their intent to re-sell when buying from official sites and so they were also guilty of “fraudulent purchase”. A Munich court backed Lieberberg’s claims this week, and served an injunction ordering Ventic to stop the resale of tickets to the German leg of the Depeche Mode tour. Welcoming the ruling, Lieberberg told Billboard: “This decision is the first small step toward the long overdue regulation of ticket sales and the restriction of black market trading. Our aim must be to prevent professional ticket auctions and unacceptable commissions…