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Hawaii proposes end to Ticketmaster’s exclusivity deals

The US state of Hawaii has proposed legislation that would prohibit exclusive ticketing contracts and enforce new consumer protections.

The bill, if passed, would prevent venues from exclusive partnerships with ticket providers, such as Ticketmaster.

“This change will mean more artists appearing at venues, a larger diversity of events, and more local jobs, and revenue for Hawaiian residents,” said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the U.S. Minority Ticketing Group (USMTG) and a human rights activist.

One top industry concert promoter told TicketNews that they want rid of these contracts, but fear it would mean they would be economically blackballed from doing business with Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live Nation’s artists and venues.

In 2017, Amazon abandoned its push to gain a slice of the US ticketing market after the firm failed to broker a deal with Ticketmaster, which has venue contracts and an exclusivity model preventing the online shopping giant from getting its foot in the door.

Ticketmaster’s contractual agreements not only mean they gain control over all the tickets, but also the customer data making it had for other companies to compete.

The proposed bill also includes the ability for venues to disclose hold backs, as well as data sharing of purchasers and guests.

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