Ticketmaster Settles Songkick Lawsuit for $110M

Postado Janeiro 14, 2018

The suit between David and Goliath included accusations that Live Nation had abused its market power.

Songkick claimed that Live Nation had interfered with its business through blocking access to the presale tickets and demanding fees on sales of the tickets that Songkick had handled.

Live Nation has acquired the remaining assets of Songkick and settled the long-running legal battle between the two companies.

Songkick during the summer of 2017 sold a main business it owned which was a concert recommendation app, to Warner Music Group, which is owned by one of the major investors of Songkick Access Industries, and later shuttered its other remaining operations.

"I'm sad to write that on October 31, Songkick will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations (including the design and maintenance of artist webpages) we began earlier this year when Ticketmaster and Live Nation effectively blocked our USA ticketing business", Jones wrote in an October email thanking artists, agents, managers, promoters, venues, partners and former CrowdSurge and Songkick employees.

Songkick's case hinged on the rights to sell a ticket.

"We are pleased that we were able to resolve this dispute and avoid protracted and costly legal proceedings, while also acquiring valuable assets", said Live Nation president Joe Berchtold in a statement. The presales the company specialized in serving as a way to keep scalpers from buying and reselling tickets. But until recently the company was insistent on pursuing its case. The promoting giant was accused of pressuring touring artists and concert venues to not work with Songkick's service.

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.