PARIS, France (CelebrityAccess) — France’s constitutional arbiter the Constitutional Council has ruled that the country’s anti-scalping laws are in accord with the French constitution.
The resale of tickets to concerts, sporting or cultural events for a profit without permission from the show’s promoter has been illegal in France since 2012, but the laws were challenged by secondary ticketing service Viagogo with support from StubHub.
The Constitutional Council addressed the matter last week, ruling that the laws properly fall under the purview of the French legislature and were put into place to avoid disturbances to public order at public events and to combat the artificial inflation of ticket prices.
The Council also noted that resales for a profit are still legal provided the reseller obtains authorization from the event’s promoter or rightsholder and that the law did therefore not constitutionally infringe on freedoms or contractual ownership.
As Complete Music Update noted, French live industry trade group PRODISS applauded the ruling, with PRODISS director Malika Séguineau stating that it “protects the consumers, the fans, the artists and the promoters.”
PRODISS also noted that several French promoters have launched legal action against Viagogo, which will be able to proceed now that the anti-scalping laws have been re-affirmed, CMU reported.