feat director sam shemtob

Campaigning group FEAT (the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing) has been banging the drum for stricter regulations on secondary ticketing firms for some time. Now it has joined a group of 30 signatories of a statement encouraging the EU’s Digital Services Act legislation to create “effective and unambiguous rules… to tackle illegal activities and rogue traders”.

The letter is not just focused on ticketing: bodies focused on sporting goods, electrical wholesalers, conservation and anti-counterfeiting are also included.

“Secondary ticketing legislation across Europe takes the form of a patchwork of laws that differ from state to state. This enables unscrupulous marketplaces with deep pockets to operate with impunity – ripping off fans and damaging the entire live sector,” said FEAT director Sam Shemtob. “The evidence of wrongdoing is overwhelming. By increasing accountability and introducing basic due diligence requirements that are uniform across Europe, the Digital Services Act can help create a ticket resale ecosystem that stops fans being ripped off and strengthens the recovery of the live sector post-Covid.”

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