Ticketmaster Pays $110 Million to Settle Songkick Lawsuit

Ticketmaster Pays $110 Million to Settle Songkick Lawsuit

Ticketmaster Pays $110 Million to Settle Songkick Lawsuit

Two years ago, Songkick, a ticketing start-up that operated out of a loft in Brooklyn, filed an antitrust suit against Live Nation Entertainment, the colossus of the concert business. The suit between David and Goliath included accusations that Live Nation had abused its market power.

The company formerly known as SONGKICK, now COMPLETE ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES GROUP, INC., has settled its long-running suit against LIVE NATION for alleged anti-trust violations and anti-competitive behavior has ended with LIVE NATION buying CERG's ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API applications and patent portfolio.

"We are pleased that we were able to resolve this dispute and avoid protracted and costly legal proceedings, while also acquiring valuable assets", Live Nation president Joe Berchtold said in a press release.

"We are glad to have resolved this litigation and thank all the employees, artists and industry partners who contributed so much to our many successes over the last decade", said Matt Jones, Chief Executive Officer of CERG.

Last summer, Songkick sold its music discovery platform to WMG.

Songkick's case hinged on the rights to sell a ticket. Presales serve, in part, as a way to thwart scalpers. The promoting giant was accused of pressuring touring artists and concert venues to not work with Songkick's service.

Many in the music industry were skeptical about Songkick's case, and the company lost a number of pretrial motions. The core of the case centered around a former Crowdsurge employee who allegedly used still-working access to the company's system to brief Ticketmaster's top executives on their nascent competitor.

A version of this article appears in print on, on Page B2 of the NY edition with the headline: Live Nation Settles Lawsuit With Ticketing Start-Up.

The press release announcing the acquisition and settlement did not comment on the merits of the litigation, which was scheduled for trial beginning later this month.

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