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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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Oct 2007 @ 6:25am

    I have to agree with RandomThoughts, some of you folks are completely ignoring the fact that the profit from tickets is only one source of profit (if it even is a source of profit at all) teams benefit from fans through merchandising, advertising, and licensing. If people aren't ever able to go see a game that will means fewer fans and that will mean less merchandise and ad sales and less value of their brand. It is a good business model to enforce the rules here that the state and the team have both put in place.

    I realize from a privacy point it gets more complicated, but at the same time software companies and etc are doing the same thing all the time. That's why bit torrent and p2p aren't really commercial endeavors, because a court would just do the same thing.

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