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.

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    Vincent Clement, 19 Oct 2007 @ 3:44am

    Re: Scalping

    It's never about the fans. It should be about maximizing your rate of return. Why no sports team or touring act does not use an auction system for selling tickets is beyond me?

    It shouldn't matter to the Patriots (or any sports team or rock band) what happens to tickets after they are sold. What's next? GM forbidding trading in GM vehicles at competing dealerships? This extension of control AFTER the transaction needs to end.

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