Last year former President Obama signed legislation outlawing bots, giving promoters and ticketing companies a tool to fight back in the technological arms race over the future of ticketing. Today, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements with seven companies who had illegally used ticket bots to buy up tickets and resell them on sites like StubHub.
We’ve also got an article from Taylor on the final Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island and a look at the new Upstream Festival in Seattle and how performers are using the event to draw attention to gentrification issues. Maggie has a piece on the legal tussling between Ultra Miami and Ultra Europe and the fight over the profit losses and contract disputes between the two companies.
And finally, Dave has a piece that ran in Billboard yesterday about a festival that’s very close to his heart — Long Beach’s Music Tastes Good Festival, which returns for its second year Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 following the death of founder Joshua Fischel. Dave speaks with Josh’s wife Abbie and friend Jon Halperin about reviving the festival in his memory.
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