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Court rejects Viagogo appeal

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December 21, 2018
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FRANCE                     

An attempt by secondary ticketing websites Viagogo and Ticketbis to overturn a law against ticket touting has been rejected.

The French Constitutional Council ruled that its anti-ticket touting laws are compliant with the country’s constitution.

The challenge was brought about by Viagogo but also supported by its main rival, the eBay/StubHub-owned Ticketbis.

Malika Séguineau, director of live entertainment sector association Prodiss, says the decision “strongly reinforces French law”.

“The law protects the consumers, the fans, the artistes and the promoters, against the drifts engendered by the illicit resale of tickets.

“We welcome the decision, especially as Prodiss and several promoters have parallelly filed a criminal action against Viagogo.”

Selling tickets for profit without permission from a promoter has been against the law in France for six years.

Viagogo had argued that the law was a “disproportionate breach of freedom of enterprise”.

However, the council concluded that “the legislator also wished to guarantee the access of the greatest number of consumers to the sporting events, cultural, commercial and live shows.”

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