Vancouver Olympics Using Copyright Law (Rather Than Scalping Laws) To Ban Ticket Reselling
from the misuse-of-copyright dept
Michael_S points us to the news that the Vancouver Olympics — no stranger to massive abuse of intellectual property law — is now using copyright law to prevent ticket resales. Now, lots of places around the world have anti-scalping laws that forbid reselling of event tickets (or reselling them above a certain price). Vancouver, however, does not have any such law. No problem for the Olympics folks… they’re using the special copyright they were granted on a whole host of common terms, including “Vancouver 2010” to sue resellers offering the tickets. Obviously, that’s got nothing to do with the purpose of copyright law, but when you grant silly monopolies, don’t be surprised when they’re abused.