by James Hanley
Concert discovery and ticketing firm Songkick is suing Live Nation and its subsidiary Ticketmaster, alleging the firms have “exploited their monopoly power” by engaging in anti-competitive behaviour.
The promoting giant is accused of pressuring touring artists and concert venues to not work with Songkick’s service, reports the Wall Street Journal.
New York-based Songkick filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Los Angeles, saying that Beverly Hills-based Live Nation broke federal antitrust laws.
Songkick, which merged with white label ticketing service CrowdSurge earlier this year, has been helping artists sell their ticket allocations directly to its users looking for concerts.
Live Nation is accused of trying to force Songkick to agree to charge certain service fees for their presale tickets. The lawsuit also alleges that Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino threatened to withhold his company’s services from acts using Songkick’s presale ticketing service. No artists are named in the suit.
Songkick is also suing Live Nation for other alleged offences including violations of California’s unfair competition law and is seeking an amount “to be determined” in damages.
A Live Nation spokeswoman declined to comment.