Hamburg court backs Rammstein stance on secondary ticketing

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The Hamburg Regional Court has upheld a ruling that enforces resale platforms to abide by “legal rules”, backing German rock band Rammstein and European promoter MCT Agency after they took out an interim injunction against Viagogo in 2022.

The restraining order stopped the resale platform from reselling tickets for the band’s 2023 European tour. Viagogo defended itself against the injunction, but the District Court of Hamburg upheld the decision.

“The judgement clarified that Viagogo is obliged to observe the relevant legal rules ‘when [distributing] all concert tickets in Germany’,” a press release from MCT said.

Additionally, the District Court of Hamburg has fined Viagogo €20,000 (£17,000/$22,000) with a further €250 a day should the Switzerland-based company fail to pay.

The judgements were delivered last month, with the Hamburg Regional Court adding that Viagogo had “not cared about the injunction so far”.

Rammstein and MCT Agency also obtained a preliminary injunction against Stubhub and an injunction against fellow resale platform, Gigsberg Services.

The press release added: “All decisions confirm the view of Rammstein and the MCT Agency, the tour promoter of the European shows, that Viagogo AG, StubHub, Inc. and Gigsberg Services OÜ violate consumer protection regulations that came into force in May 2022.”

The decisions were obtained by legal services provider LICHTE Rechstanwälte, Hamburg and are not yet legally binding.

CTS Eventim is the exclusive ticket-seller for Rammstein’s Europe dates.

MCT added that any transfer of Rammstein tickets for European shows was prohibited, and that return of tickets in accordance with the terms and conditions could only be handled through CTS Eventim’s resale platform fanSALE.