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Ticketmaster's Jared Smith: Holding court.
TICKETMASTER TRIUMPHS IN COURT

Songkick’s motion for a temporary injunction against Ticketmaster has been denied in U.S. District Court. Judge Dale S. Fischer ruled the online service that tracks tours and sells concert tickets failed to provide any reason the company should be allowed to interject itself into the contracts between Live Nation’s Ticketmaster and venues.

Songkick had raised issue with fan club and presale ticketing procedures. Live Nation, Fischer ruled, “have demonstrated that plaintiff has room to continue to operate either with venues not related to defendants or by cooperating with defendants’ fan club policy. While that might result in a smaller company than plaintiff would wish, that kind of harm is simple monetary harm that could be compensated at the end of the case.”

 “We are pleased with today’s ruling from the court which confirms that Ticketmaster’s exclusive rights agreements mean what they say, and that Ticketmaster is entitled to protect itself from third party ticketing companies exploiting our voluntary program for artist fan club presales,” said Jared Smith, President of Ticketmaster North America. “We hope today’s ruling convinces Songkick to reconsider its pursuit of this lawsuit, but if it does not we will stand firm and vigorously pursue our counterclaims. However, we're very pleased with the concession revenues we've racked up at the courthouse, with nachos up an impressive 17%.”

Separately, Judge Fischer granted Live Nation’s motion to dismiss the portions of Songkick’s lawsuit that challenge the 2010 merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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