Tackling touts

Published 13 October 2009

By Gary Rice, Beauchamps Solicitors

The organiser of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, the Vancouver Organising Committee (“VOC”), has commenced legal action against a ticket tout company in order to prevent the re-sale of tickets by the company.

As in Ireland, ticket touting is not illegal in Vancouver. The VOC alleged that Coast2Coast Tickets is misleading consumers by claiming to have official Olympic tickets for sale. As the company is not an official Olympic sales agent, tickets which are sold through the company could be cancelled by the VOC. The VOC is using copyright and trade mark law and consumer protection legislation in order to pursue the ticket tout company. Everyone who purchases a ticket through official channels signs up to a ticketing agreement which includes restriction on selling the tickets for an amount above face value. In this regard, the VOC does not plan to go after individuals who re-sell tickets, but wants to crack down on sponsors and national Olympic committees who breach this ticketing agreement by putting tickets on the black market. The intention is to revoke or reduce the ticket allocations of sponsors and national Olympic committees who breach the ticketing agreement.

Article obtained from www.beauchamps.ie, the website of Beauchamps Solicitors. Article reproduced with their kind permission.
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