Revised Secondary Ticketing Laws Passed by MPs
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Music Week (03/10/15) Hanley, James
Britain's House of Commons has passed an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill calling for tighter regulation of secondary ticket vendors, in a reversal of the U.K. government's earlier position. Under the amendment, resellers on sites such as Viagogo, GetMeIn, Seatwave, and StubHub must provide details such as the face value of the ticket, the seat number, and any applicable limitations. The House of Lords reached a compromise agreement in which users do not have to disclose their names. "On balance, this is a good step in the right direction," says Conservative Member of Parliament Mike Weatherley. The matter will be more closely examined via a follow-up review in 12 months, with Weatherley expecting it will serve as a template for other countries. "Obviously, I am pushing for more regulation, because I feel that the free market has fallen down, but we should consider experiences around the world," he says. The four leading secondary ticketing sites have repeatedly opposed regulation, but All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse co-chair and Labor MP Sharon Hodgson says "the argument and the fight have never been about stopping the resale of tickets. The legitimate resale of tickets is not the problem and those who have claimed that clamping down on ticket touts and increasing transparency will harm true fans know very little about the problems and even less about what needs to be done to address them."
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