Policy Documents

Who Owns the Ticket that You Just Bought?

Andrew Langer –
March 13, 2013

When you buy a ticket to a Bruce Springsteen concert or Miami Heat game, you can do with it what you choose. You can attend the event, give away your ticket, or resell it when an unforeseen event occurs, such as a business trip or an illness. The bottom line is that your ticket has been purchased and issued, and now the ticket is your property. Right? 

Not according to Ticketmaster and others in the ticketing industry. Ticket issuers, as well as certain venues, artists, producers and sports teams, have introduced restricted ticketing to prohibit or limit a purchaser’s ability to give away, resell, or even donate tickets. This practice intentionally strips ticket buyers of one of their most fundamental ownership rights.