Leonard Cohen inspires new scalping law in Canada

Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:22pm EST
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Canada's most populous province is cracking down on scalpers, passing a new law that forbids Ticketmaster and other ticket vendors from selling and reselling seats to the same sporting and entertainment events in Ontario through related websites.

The Ticket Speculation Act aims to stop Ticketmaster from overcharging on event tickets purchased on resale sites.

Ontario first took Ticketmaster to task in April 2009 when Leonard Cohen fans complained that tickets to his Canadian concerts were being sold at inflated prices through a Ticketmaster subsidiary, TicketsNow.

Provincial attorney general Chris Bentley complained that sellers were taking tickets for Ontario events available on the primary market and were reselling them on the secondary market at inflated prices. The new Ontario law means anyone caught selling tickets at above their face value can now be slapped with fines.