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Virginia del wants ‘right to resell tickets’

HB 1825, introduced by Dave Albo, provides for fines of between $5,000 and $15,000 for invalidating secondary-market live event tickets

By IQ on 20 Jan 2017

Iron Maiden, Costa Rica, 2008, adels

Iron Maiden, whose show at Jiffy Lube Live in Virginia sparked the drafting of HB 1825


image © adels/Flickr

While a growing number of high-profile artists, including Coldplay and Adele, have taken to voiding tickets sold on the secondary market as a means of discouraging touting, it may soon be illegal to do so in the US state of Virginia.

Dave Albo, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, has introduced a bill to the house that, if passed, would levy fines of up to US$15,000 on promoters and primary ticket agencies which “penalise, discriminate against or deny admission to an event solely on the basis that the person resold a ticket or purchased a resold ticket on a specific internet ticketing platform”.

House Bill (HB) 1825, titled Right to resell tickets; civil penalty, also takes aim at paperless tickets, prohibiting the sale of tickets “solely through a delivery method that substantially prevents the ticket purchaser from reselling the ticket on an internet ticketing platform”.

The bill would levy fines of up to $15,000 on those which “deny admission to an event solely on the basis that the person resold a ticket or purchased a resold ticket on a specific internet ticketing platform”

The bill is currently awaiting assignment to a house committee.

Speaking to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Markus Schmidt, Albo says he was inspired to draft the proposed legislation after being unable to resell a ticket to an Iron Maiden show he could no longer attend. (Iron Maiden are also known to be fans of paperless ticketing.)

“I had to eat about $400, and I was pretty angry about that,” he explains.

 


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