Black Sabbath Star and Iron Maiden Manager Take On Scalpers
. (Classic Rock) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood have backed a campaign to change UK laws over secondary ticket sales.
PutFansFirst.co.uk has been organised with the help of the House Of Commons' All Party Parliamentary Group For Ticket Abuse, who believe the industry needs urgent legal support to fight against organised online touts and botnets, who buy tickets before fans have a chance then resell them at massively inflated prices.
After a recent amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill were defeated in an MPs' vote, co-chairman Mike Weatherley MP wants everyone from musicians to fans to become proactive in ensuring lawmakers realise how they feel about secondary ticketing.
Weatherley tells TeamRock: "Our creative industries generate more than £36bn and employ 1.5m people. For success to continue it's necessary to ensure that artists and fans get a fair deal.
"Society has moved on from a few touts outside venues selling tickets at marked-up prices. The new issue is botnets, which buy up tens of thousands of tickets seconds after they've gone on sale, so genuine fans are unable to buy at source prices." Read more here.
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