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Jul 20, 2011 Scalping Battle Putting ‘Fans’ in the Middle

QUOTE: Over the last decade many states have lifted scalping restrictions, allowing a robust secondary market to develop online. That often pushes ticket prices for the most in-demand shows out of most consumers’ reach, but the market dynamics can also help fans; a StubHub spokesman said that so far this year almost half the tickets there have sold for less than face value.

New York Times
Aug 19, 2009 Leagues See Bloggers in the Bleachers as a Threat

QUOTE: The Southeastern Conference, home to some of the nation’s most prominent and lucrative university athletic programs, has issued rules in the past week prohibiting fans from distributing photographs or video of its games in real time for commercial use.

New York Times
May 24, 2008 Web Site Puts Focus on the Fix in Sports Bets

QUOTE: Last Monday, a report commissioned by the major tennis governing bodies recommended that 45 matches played in the last five years be investigated because betting patterns gave a “strong indication” that gamblers were profiting from inside information. And those matches, the report said, may be only the tip of the iceberg.

New York Times
Feb 25, 2008 Pirates of the Third Screen: Why treating customer marketers like thieves could turn them into an angry mob

QUOTE: Last month's online scrap between Scrabble trademark owners Hasbro and Mattel, and the makers of Scrabulous, an unauthorized online version of Scrabble, has some implications for the future of mobile marketing. As far as Hasbro and Mattel were concerned, Scrabulous was a simple case of piracy. But what they saw as a threat should have been a triple-word score. Someone else had created a digital version of Scrabble, and amassed 2.3 million people who played it every day. It was an amazing user-generated ad campaign. All Hasbro and Mattel had to do was swoop in with their checkbooks and make it legit. Instead, they fired their self-proclaimed agency, an army of passionate Scrabble fans.

Oct 26, 2007 High-tech scalpers hit World Series: Rockies aimed for fairness by selling online, but their ticket website says software 'robots' cut in line.

QUOTE: Bots are a growing problem for sports fans and concertgoers everywhere... conundrum over online ticket sales. While the Internet has democratized the process of getting tickets to high-profile events – more people can go online than stand in lines overnight – it has also simplified and expanded high-tech scalping. Industry executives are wringing their hands over how to devise a fairer system.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 10, 2007 Magic is No Longer Illusion: The Duel of Magicians in Revealing the Secrets to Longstanding Magic Tricks

QUOTE: In the Question of Whether to Reveal or Not to Reveal the Secrets to Traditional Magic Tricks...the Issue Has Evolved into a Deep Philosophical and Legal Debate

Associated Content (AC)
Sep 22, 2006 Scalped DMB tickets may be nixed

QUOTE: Musictoday’s ticket reselling policy is outlined in its “ticket user agreement” that all who purchase tickets on the JPJ site agree to comply with. It reads: “We strictly prohibit the resale of any tickets obtained through this site for more than the purchase price. If you are found to be or we in good faith believe you are reselling, trading or brokering tickets for profit that you purchased through this site, we may at our sole discretion cancel all or part of your ticket order...'

Daily Progress
Jun 15, 2006 U.S. Joins Industry in Piracy War: Nations Pressed On Copyrights

QUOTE: The U.S. government has joined forces with the entertainment industry to stop the freewheeling global bazaar in pirated movies and music, pressuring foreign governments to crack down or risk incurring trade barriers.

Washington Post
Jan 19, 2006 Hotel Workers Union Starts Wage Campaign

QUOTE: The major hotel workers union launched a campaign yesterday designed to narrow the wage gap between workers in various states, pointing out that hospitality employees in highly unionized areas make more than double those in less-unionized areas.

Washington Post
Oct 18, 2005 The Warden Sees All

QUOTE: interesting feature of World of Warcraft.... It opens all running processes and open windows on your computer, and reads information from them to see if there are any unauthorized third party programs' running. Although the software is designed to catch bots and cheaters, I believe it to be a violation of privacy..."

Aug 09, 2005 Judge Rules for Walt Disney Directors in Ovitz Case

QUOTE: The lawsuit has highlighted just how much responsibility shareholders want corporate directors to assume. Mr. Ovitz's hiring, the shareholders asserted, should never have been approved, and his firing should have been initiated earlier. By exonerating the directors, the decision suggests some limits to the liability, and vulnerability, of corporate boards for bad management decisions.

New York Times
May 15, 2003 Fighting Women Enter the Arena, No Holds Barred

QUOTE: ...critics like Bell Hooks, a feminist theorist, challenge the notion that the emergence of a warrior class of video game vixens is something worth celebrating. By projecting hyper-sexualized women as heartless killers in popular entertainment, real people are being sold a mixed message, she said.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2002 Talk About Foul! Game 6 Was A Real Stinker

QUOTE: ...not addressing [the officiating] would leave unexamined the swelling chorus of concern among everyday basketball fans that the league and/or its TV partner, NBC, has an interest in either helping the league's most glamorous and marketable team, the Lakers, or at the very least prolonging an already dramatic series.

Washington Post