Virginia General Assembly

Bill opposed by Ticketmaster aims to make event tickets freely transferable in Maryland

Bill opposed by Ticketmaster aims to make event tickets freely transferable in Maryland

State lawmakers will begin hearings this week on legislation that would prohibit companies from restricting the resale of tickets for entertainment and sporting events.

The proposed legislation has entertainment giant Ticketmaster on the defensive against competitors such as ticket resale website StubHub.

Both sides claim to be looking out for the consumer. Supporters of the bill say they are defending the rights of ticket buyers to sell or give away their own property. Ticketmaster and its allies, including concert venues, say they want to protect fans from scalpers who snap up tickets with high-tech ticket-buying bots.

The clash will come to a head Wednesday, when...

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