New England Patriots Spying On Ticket Resales; Court Forces Stubhub To Hand Over Ticket Seller Names

from the privacy?-schmivacy dept

We've heard plenty of stories about organizations trying to ban the resale of tickets to events. It seems a bit silly to tell someone who bought a ticket to a concert or a sporting event that they're not allowed to resell it, but apparently some event organizers feel differently -- especially when the tickets are sold at greater than face value. The New England Patriots apparently are so adamant that people shouldn't be reselling their tickets for profit that they've convinced a court to force ticket resale marketplace StubHub to hand over the names of everyone who resold Patriots tickets for above face value. This seems like a rather large privacy violation -- and it clearly violates Stubhub's own terms of service (which is why the company fought it in court). You could understand being forced to turn over such information in a criminal lawsuit, but this is the New England Patriots requesting and getting the private info of sellers. For a team that just got into some trouble for spying on opposing teams, spying on their fans' private transactions doesn't seem like a step forward.

Filed Under: football, privacy, resale, scalping, tickets
Companies: ebay, new england patriots, stubhub


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    Scott Gardner, 18 Oct 2007 @ 9:50pm

    Right move for the wrong reason

    Since the sellers in question are violating state law if they resell the ticket for more than $2 above face value, I wouldn't had a problem with the courts forcing StubHub to turn over the user information - **if the request had come from the district attorney or law enforcement officials as part of an investigation and prosecution of ticket scalping**.

    I don't like the fact that the court essentially issued a subpoena on behalf of the Patriots owners/management, and force StubHub to turn over the information to them, rather than the police.

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