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New York’s regulatory scheme for event ticketing is one of the most complex of its kind and no stranger to overhauls of various provisions, which seek to protect consumers from unfair and predatory ticketing practices. The landscape’s most recent update occurred in June 2022, when Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law S9461, modifying certain regulations governing live-event ticket sales that are codified in New York’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Law (ACAL). The bill had been introduced by state Senator James Skoufis in May following a year-long legislative inquiry into the current state of ticketing practices in New York.
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By Stan Soocher
The rebound in concert tours and ticket revenues as 2022 has unfolded gives the live events industry hope for a strong 2023, too. For many tours, though, it’s income from merchandise that makes the tour profitable. Thus, the rise in the number of artists touring also means a parallel resurgence in the activities of counterfeit-merchandise sellers and renewed efforts by the industry to battle its long-time problem with the sale of counterfeit merchandise near event venues.
By Adolfo Pesquera
The case of a session musician's unpaid royalties revealed a gross lack of initiative on the part of the trustees and directors of AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund and that the fund administrators had made little if any effort for years to distribute funds to thousands of session musicians and backup singers.
By Davis Mosmeyer and Brooke Bahlinger
One of the issues facing the esports industry is the classification of professional players as employees versus independent contractors. This issue is of particular concern for companies operating competitive esports teams and/or using the services of content creators.
By ELF Staff
A look at moves among attorneys, law firms, companies and other players in entertainment law.