Taylor Swift bill is added to Minnesota law, increasing protections for online ticket buyers

MINNEAPOLIS –

People who buy tickets online to concerts, sporting events and other live events in Minnesota will be guaranteed more transparency and protections under the so-called Taylor Swift bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Tim Walz.

The law, prompted by one lawmaker’s frustration over not being able to buy tickets to Swift’s 2023 concert in Minneapolis, will require ticket sellers to disclose all fees upfront and prohibit resellers from selling more than one copy of a song. entrance, among other measures. . The law will apply to tickets purchased in Minnesota or other states for concerts or other live events held in Minnesota.

Walz signed House File 1989, a reference to Swift’s birth year and an album with that title, at First Avenue, a popular concert venue in downtown Minneapolis.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine we would be at a House File 1989 bill signing on First Avenue,” said Democratic Rep. Kelly Moller, lead author of the bill.

Moller was one of thousands of people trapped in ticketing company Ticketmaster’s system after it collapsed in 2022 amid huge demand for Swift concert tickets and attacks by bots trying to buy tickets. tickets to resell at inflated prices. The situation led to congressional hearings but not federal legislation.

Supporters of Minnesota’s new law say the state joins Maryland as one of the few states that have passed protections for ticket buyers.

Ticketmaster did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Minnesota’s new law. Taylor Swift’s media team also did not respond.

Jessica Roey, a spokesperson for StubHub, said in an email: “StubHub has long advocated for legislation that protects fans from anti-competitive and anti-consumer practices in the ticket purchasing process. “We share the goals of HF1989 and look forward to continuing discussions with policymakers to promote policies that provide more transparency, more control and more choice for ticket buyers.”

Walz, a Democrat, said the new law is “protection so that you don’t get a bad ticket, a fraudulent ticket, and scalpers can’t snatch them all up before you have a chance.”

Two girls, one wearing a T-shirt that said “There’s A LOT happening right now” in a nod to Swift, and another wearing a T-shirt that said “Iowa 22” in reference to basketball star Caitlin Clark, attended the project signing. law with his dad, Mike Dean, who testified in support of the bill this year.

Dean said his daughter “came to me in December and said, ‘Dad, I want to go see Caitlin Clark.’ As a parent, I simply couldn’t resist. “So I went online to buy tickets.”

Tickets were supposed to cost $300 total, Dean said, but ended up costing more than $500 because of hidden fees. The timer had started on the online checkout process, so I had just a few minutes to decide whether to buy the tickets or lose them.

Finally he bought the tickets. But Dean said these practices mean customers can’t make informed decisions. The new law, he stated, will bring transparency to the process.

The law goes into effect on January 1, 2025 and applies to tickets sold on or after that date.

Adrianna Korich, director of ticket sales at First Avenue, said she supports the new rules, saying fans are sometimes tricked into paying up to 10 times the face value of a ticket due to deceptive websites and scalpers that list tickets. tickets without actually owning them. The new law prohibits both, she said.

“We’ve all heard the horror stories of the Taylor Swift Eras tour and seen the astronomical prices charged at checkout,” Korich said.

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