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SIAE wins court judgment on Coldplay tickets

Ahead of Italy banning secondary ticketing outright, the collection society has secured a ruling prohibiting resale of tickets for the band's controversial San Siro dates

By IQ on 06 Dec 2016

Coldplay, Barcelona, June 2016, Daniele Dalledonne

Coldplay's Jonny Buckland and Chris Martin in Barcelona in June

image © Daniele Dalledonne

Italian collection society SIAE has won a court order to prevent the resale of tickets to Coldplay’s shows in Milan next July.

There was widespread outrage over the number of tickets for the two concerts, at the San Siro stadium (80,000-cap.) on 3 and 4 July, that immediately appeared on secondary sites, leading to legal complaints by consumer groups and, eventually, the banning altogether of secondary ticketing in Italy.

The budget law amendment outlawing secondary ticketing is expected to be passed by the end of January 2017, but the ruling by a Rome court brings the prohibition forward for the Coldplay concerts, even applying retroactively to tickets “previously bought on Seatwave, Ticketbis and Viagogo by computer programs able to circumvent the maximum limit of tickets sold to each consumer”, says a statement from SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori).

“We are very pleased with the positive outcome. This is an important step towards combating secondary ticketing”

Anyone caught contravening the judgment faces a fine of €2,000 per ticket resold.

“We are very pleased with the positive outcome,” says SIAE director-general Gaetano Blandini. “This is an important step towards combating secondary ticketing, both for consumers and for all authors, holders of intellectual property rights and those working in the field.”


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