◎美國新澤西州的參議員Richard Blumenthal和明尼蘇達州參議員Amy Klobuchar，要求美國司法部的反托拉斯部門調查票房務業，理由是嚴重擔心線上票務市場不適用於美國消費者。
◎這封信特別與Live Nation有關。Live Nation於2010年與Ticketmaster合併後，根據司法部的法令運作，根據該法令，Live Nation可以優先考慮使用Ticketmaster的場地舉行演唱會與巡迴演出，當場地與競爭對手合作時，得以進行報復，但該法令已經確定將在明年七月到期。
◎根據Billboard，有競爭對手抱怨Live Nation在現場音樂市場佔據主導地位。雖然司法部官員從未指控Live Nation違反法令，但Blumenthal和Klobuchar希望司法部調查票務行業的競爭狀態。
Senators Richard Blumenthal of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have asked the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division to investigate the ticketing industry, citing “serious concerns that online ticket markets are not working for American consumers.”
The letter specifically takes issue with Live Nation. The promoter, which merged with Ticketmaster in 2010, has been operating under a DOJ consent decree that bars it from withholding concerts and tours from buildings that don’t use Ticketmaster, or retaliating when venues go with a competitor, however, that decree is set to expire in July.
Live Nation’s compliance with the 2010 decree has been under investigation for several years, amid complaints from competitors about the company’s dominance in the live music market, according to Billboard. While DOJ officials have never charged Live Nation with violating the consent decree and aren’t expected to before it expires next year, critics of the decree have called it ineffective, accusing Live Nation of “flouting its conditions.” Competing promoters and ticketing companies have also raised concerns over the fact that under the terms of the decree, Live Nation is allowed to prioritize tours for venues that use Ticketmaster, making it exceedingly difficult for them to prove retaliation has even taken place.
Blumenthal and Klobuchar want the DOJ to “investigate the state of competition in the ticketing industry” and potentially extend the consent decree past July 2020. However, without any formal charges against Live Nation, it is unlikely DOJ officials will be able to convince a judge to find the promoter in contempt of the agreement or to extend the consent decree further, reports Billboard.