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NORWICH PHARMACAL ORDERS: Converting a try

23 March 2012  

Louise Millington-Roberts writes on a landmark ruling for rights holders in the events industry

The emergence of online platforms has provided a means by which the resale of a ticket can be carried out anonymously. This has made it increasingly difficult to enforce a rights holders ticketing policy. Since acting for rights holders who are responsible for the distribution of event tickets, action has been successfully pursued against online ticket resellers whose details are freely available, street touts who sell outside grounds and pirate hospitality companies who strip tickets from official packages or source non-transferable tickets and re-sell or re-package with their unofficial packages. There has been little that could be done against those ticket re-sellers who were able to re-sell anonymously online, until now.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    RFU v Viagogo [2011] EWHC 764 (QB)

    RFU v Viagogo [2011] EWCA Civ 1585