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Author: Subject: Judge Bars Sale of Software that Snaps Up Ticketmaster Tix

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 05:30 PM
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NEW YORK | A federal judge ordered RMG Technologies on Monday to stop selling software that lets users flood the Ticketmaster Web site with requests and snap up tickets in bulk, beating the humans who log in manually to buy tickets.

“We will not allow others to illegally divert tickets away from fans,” Ticketmaster Chief Executive Sean Moriarty said in a statement. Ticketmaster is a leading seller of concert and sporting event tickets.

U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins issued a preliminary injunction in Los Angeles on Monday.

The company argues that the software programs have allowed ticket brokers “to cut to the front of the line and deprive customers of fair access to tickets.” Ticketmaster is owned by IAC, the New York-based Internet conglomerate controlled by media mogul Barry Diller. IAC owns many online businesses including LendingTree, Match.com, Citysearch, Evite and the search engine Ask.com.

RMG sells software to ticket brokers or their suppliers, who resell the tickets at a higher price. Ticketmaster has been battling competitors in the secondary ticketing market, such as StubHub, which is growing rapidly. The success of resellers shows the primary ticket sale price may not have been as high as it could have.

“We recognize and respect the necessity and reality of a vibrant resale market, but we will not tolerate those who seek an unfair advantage through the use of automated programs,” Moriarty said in the statement.

Ticketmaster, with headquarters in West Hollywood, Calif., operates in 20 countries with 6,500 retail outlets and 20 call centers around the world.




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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 05:34 PM
Excellent. Now if they only make using the software illegal for those who already have it, we'll be set.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 05:40 PM
That's a great start! Glad to see something being done.
But there are many on the "inside" who deal directly with brokers, and no computer technology can stop that.
These people who work for Ticketmaster have a business inside a business.
Like Steroid makers, they are usually one step ahead.
It's big business.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 06:09 PM
Good news!

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 08:00 PM
I'm not getting too excited yet. This is only a preliminary, not permanent, injunction from selling new product from this one company. And as Vinsanity said, it does not affect those who already have it. And you would have to believe the know-how to beat the TM system is in a bunch of peoples' heads, who can go elsewhere. It is up to TM to devise a more secure system, which will then be beaten, and on it goes.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 09:32 PM
Marijuana is illegal, too. Ain't gonna stop me from lighting a joint as soon as I get done writing this.

 

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