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Hamburg district court has issued a preliminary injunction against Viagogo preventing it from touting tickets to Rammstein's 2019 European tour
By Jon Chapple on 22 Nov 2018
Rammstein have secured an injunction from a Hamburg court that legally prohibits Viagogo from reselling tickets from their upcoming European stadium tour.
All tickets for the tour – which set a new record for ticketing partner CTS Eventim, selling more than 800,000 tickets within a matter of hours on 8 November – are personalised, with promoter MCT Agentur only allowing resale through Eventim’s own fanSALE platform and München Ticket.
At the time of the onsale, MCT confirmed that all tickets resold through Viagogo and other non-authorised secondary ticketing sites will not be valid for entry – something affirmed today by the district court, or Landgericht, of Hamburg.
Viagogo is now forbidden to “allow the sale of tickets for the 2019 Rammstein stadium concerts in Germany”, as well as to “assert that they are valid tickets for entry”, according to an MCT release.
“The band is pleased that the district court of Hamburg has … issued the ban”
However, it seems Viagogo hasn’t yet got the memo: At press time, tickets for all next summer’s German shows remain on sale on viagogo.de.
Still, Rammstein’s lawyers are pleased with the preliminary injunction, describing the court’s decision as a “warning signal” to anyone considering touting their tickets to profit from the tour
“The band is pleased that the district court of Hamburg has agreed with our [arguments] and issued the ban,” reads a statement.”The court’s decision is a warning signal to anyone who thinks they can resell massively overpriced and invalid Rammstein tickets.”
German promoters’ association BDV, which supports a price cap of +25% of face value on resold tickets, said in August it is in the process of preparing a legal claim against Viagogo for misleading consumers.
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