Posted in industry | music on June 27, 2008

I Need Ticekts

In a victory for IAC/InterActiveCorp's Ticketmaster, a federal court ordered a maker of software used by ticket brokers to pay more than $18 million to the world's dominant ticket seller.

Last year, Ticketmaster sued Pittsburgh-based RMG Technologies Inc. for creating software that allowed its users to gain access to tickets via the Internet much more quickly than average customers of

Ticketmaster said the RMG software violated its terms of service and other rights by automatically circumventing controls designed to verify that a given user was a real person. That allowed brokers to inundate Ticketmaster's system with thousands of requests for seats when popular events went on sale, "in effect allowing them to cut in line," according to Ticketmaster. [Wall Street Journal]



Comments (26)

are we supposed to praise ticketmaster?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 4:21 PM

On a fair basis, Ticketmaster should also be fined for having the ability to both sell original ticket s (through TM) and scalped tickets through TicketsNow. I'm not even talking about their overpriced fees.

Posted by Adrian | June 27, 2008 4:28 PM

shouldn't WE get that money for all the tickets we've had to buy at inflated prices?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 4:30 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 4:36 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 4:39 PM

4:30, nobody held a gun to your head and made you pay a premium.

you are what one calls, a "sucker"

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 4:40 PM

4:40, true, no one held a gun to anyones head. what the fuck does that have to do with ticketmaster's bullshit fees?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 5:05 PM

it means if you want to drive to the box office of the venue the band you want tickets for is playing and buy the tickets there, there is no service charge....if you want to sit at home and buy them, you have to pay for that service....

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 5:10 PM

5:10 that whole drive there plan really works out well for internet only shows, or those of us that have jobs and can't just take off from our mom's basement and buy tickets

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 5:24 PM

You still have to pay some sort of convenience charge when buying tickets from a box office window. jus' sayin.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 5:35 PM

you pay just as much convenience charge on the ticketmaster box office window tickets as you do online.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 6:17 PM

Hey 5:05...

Do you know how many countless shows only go on sale at Ticketmaster on the first day?

Pretty much every show at an arena or stadium.

What about facility that doesn't normally sell tickets? For pretty much every festival like APW and Coachella, you have no choice but to use TM.

Oh and how the F can you possibly justify that TM charges more for print-at-home tickets (that saves them labor and postage costs) than they do for tickets that they mail to you?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2008 6:38 PM

um 6:38, that was my point man. I was saying, no one threatens your life but that's irrelevant. if you want to go to the show you don't have a choice but to use TM.

Posted by anon 5:05 | June 27, 2008 9:10 PM

This'll go a long way towards paying off that cool $850 million dollars that T-Master is in the hole for.

Hoping for lower service charges anytime soon? Don't count on it.

Posted by Sam | June 27, 2008 11:19 PM

Don't any of you guys realize that Ticketmaster bought Ticketsnow so that they can sell the premium seats under the guise of a "fan".

Funny how a "fan" has front row seats to most shows...even ones that haven't gone on sale yet!

WAKE UP PEOPLE. Ticketmaster bought Ticketsnow to get rid of brokers and to keep the best seats for themselves to resell instead of any of us ever getting the chance to buy them at the the venue or on the internet!

Posted by SMARTER | June 27, 2008 11:44 PM

....ticketmaster needs more money....I just paid an extra $15.80 in stupid ticketmaster fees to go see a fucking show....

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 10:32 AM

guys- just dont go to those shows! once attendace drops off concessions will have to be made.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 11:42 AM

You can read the article and view the actual lawsuit here:

TicketNews got an exclusive interview with the president of RMG a few months ago. There's a link to that story in the above article.

Posted by Susan | June 28, 2008 1:01 PM

Nobody would hit it?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 2:06 PM

I'd nudge it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 2:12 PM

I personally cannot stand Ticketmaster, who flaunt bands and gouge the consumer.

Posted by acne treatment | July 2, 2008 1:54 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 2:58 AM

you are all suckers.. ticketmaster bought tickets now to buy from brokers yet they sue brokers to stop using software. they really dont care but have to look good. they are all about money and just to get into business over 20 yrs ago sued tickettron who used to sel the tickets to get into the business. they are and always will be a bunch of crying hyprocrites.

i now go to free website for free or 5.00 concerts as i say screw them all the promoters and ticketmaster and live nation all theaves.

i used to go to 25 concerts a yr now i go to maybe 3 duer to high fees and face values. the acts and tm and promoters all know public is a sucker and are born every minute. when u morons wake up and realize ticketmaster is just a front and is indeed a broker now maybe u can wake up and boycott dont go to shows. thats what i did.

Posted by billy sucker of ticketmaster | July 6, 2008 11:35 AM

You guys are actually very very funny no one in reality forced you to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster. If you have a job or other things to do, and need to use ticketmaster to purchase tickets. How is that Ticketmaster's fault? Ticketmaster only sell tickets from the promoter of the event, the organizer, the one who does the event. Probably you are right ticketmaster might just be about the money, yet again what business isn't. Everything has a profit. Even charity. Ticketmaster doesn't have to look right in front of anyones eyes they are just simply defending themselves. And then you guys complain about how other people sell ticket at a higher price than ticketmaster and want ticketmaster to do something about it when in reality you are the hypocrits.

Posted by | July 21, 2008 4:20 AM

Go ticketmaster go!

Posted by Online Roulette | August 1, 2008 10:01 PM

ull like it.. if u hate ticketmaster :D The Walking Dead - Ticketmaster Apocalypse -

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