Pearl Jam: the secondary ticketing proposed law is wrong

Pearl Jam continues to try to make a difference for fans of live music.

Pearl Jam Padova 2018 | Ph. Henry Ruggeri

According to Rolling Stone, Pearl Jam issued a letter to two Democratic representatives urging them to reconsider some parts of a bill meant to crack down on ticket scalping.

New Jersey’s Bill Pascrell and Frank Pallone, Jr. are behind the “Better Oversight of Secondary Sales and Accountability in Concert Ticketing Act,” which they first introduced in 2009 after Ticketmaster redirected people looking for Bruce Springsteen tickets to secondary-market sites with huge mark-ups (fittingly, the bill is referred to as the “BOSS Act”). Pascrell and Pallone, Jr. reintroduced the bill last year, and it seeks to add greater transparency to the ticket-selling process and enact regulations that would crack down on scalpers, bots and resellers.

But Pearl Jam said the BOSS Act, as it stands now, is “flawed,” and that it “primarily, if not entirely, benefits professional ticket resellers using the so-called ‘secondary market.’” The band took issue with two specific components: one that would block non-transferrable ticketing, and another that would require primary ticket sellers to disclose the number of tickets available to the general public a week before going on sale.

In their letter to Pascrell and Pallone, Pearl Jam stated that blocking non-transferable tickets makes it easier for scalpers to get their hands on tickets. “Over the last decade of selling concert tickets, we have seen this become an important tool to ensure our fans get to see us at a reasonable price,” the band said. “The benefits to bad actors in the secondary market ultimately hurt the consumers more than the challenges around restricting transferability as professional resellers get tickets meant for fans.

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