A bill pushed by StubHub to lift restrictions on reselling sports and entertainment tickets was gutted in an Assembly committee Tuesday.
Assembly Bill 329 by Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, would have made it illegal for companies such as Ticketmaster to use ticketing methods that prohibit fans from reselling their seats.
The bill was backed by StubHub's advocacy group Fan Freedom and opposed by Live Nation Entertainment, owner of Ticketmaster.
Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee members said it was unclear what the effects on consumers would be if Pan's bill passed as is. However, they said there was agreement on AB 329's provision to ban robotic ticket- buying software. "Bots" flood online box offices with thousands of simultaneous purchases purporting to be different buyers in order to resell tickets at higher prices on other sites.
Restrictive tickets are paperless and require the purchaser to show ID and the credit card used for payment to enter a venue. Pan said this effectively prevents ticket buyers from giving them as gifts, donating them to charities or selling them when they can't attend an event.
Opponents of the bill, including a Live Nation representative, said venues and artists ask to use the nontransferable tickets in order to protect consumers from scalpers' marked-up prices.
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