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‘Hamilton’ Ticket Bots Will Stop in Ticketmaster Settlement (1)

July 9, 2019, 2:15 PMUpdated: July 9, 2019, 6:18 PM

Ticketmaster Inc. has settled a copyright lawsuit against a ticket broker accused of using bots to scoop up thousands of “Hamilton” tickets.

The July 8 settlement is a win for consumers and primary ticket sellers in the fight against bot use in the entertainment industry, which has forced fans to pay steep, marked-up prices to see shows.

Prestige Entertainment West Inc. will stop using automated software to buy tickets from Ticketmaster, under a final judgment by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Ticketmaster claimed Prestige’s bots made duplicates of copyrighted website data and circumvented security measures to access the data.

The court last May rejected Prestige’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit because Ticketmaster adequately showed its webpages contained copyright-protected content, and that Prestige must have copied elements of those pages to develop the bots.

The settlement dismisses all claims against Prestige and bars it from bypassing Ticketmaster’s security measures and violating the website’s terms of use.

Latham & Watkins LLP, counsel for Ticketmaster, and Pryor Cashman LLP, representing Prestige, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright issued the judgment.

The case is Ticketmaster LLC v. Prestige Entm’t West Inc., C.D. Cal., No. 2:17-cv-07232-ODW, final judgment entered 7/8/19.

(Updated with additional reporting throughout)

To contact the reporter on this story: Alexis Kramer in Washington at akramer@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Baker at rbaker@bloomberglaw.com; Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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