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The support of the Entertainment Live Nation and Ticketmaster, a group of concert promoters and artist managers this week declared war on ticket resellers, such as those related to StubHub, Razorgator, and others. Criticized the newly-formed group, dubbed the Alliance fans first, when the "brokers" and others who buy tickets in bulk and then sell them.

"It erodes the heart of our business," said Randy Levy, an independent concert promoter and the President presents Rose in Minneapolis. Levy said if fans have to pay a nominal value significantly above ticket to attend the concert, they will have less money to spend on other live performances.

Solution: "paper tickets" which are largely non-transferable. This means you can only claim to the original purchaser of the ticket on the day of the event, and dispensing with the brokers. Seems reasonable, right?

Mistake, says another group, called the Freedom Project fan, with the support of the National Association of Consumers, which was established earlier this year, John Potter, the former director of Digital Media Assn.

Potter argues that the real agenda of the promoters who support the paper ticket to prevent consumers from the sale or abandonment of the tickets were purchased.

"I would say that what they do is very impressed with the fight," said Potter. "The consumers have the right to determine what can be done with a ticket once they buy it, and that means being able to sell in both higher or lower than the nominal value."

The debate over paper tickets are not new. Miley Cyrus, Bruce Springsteen tried all of the paper ticket again in 2009 for concert tours.

But with the buildup of troops on both sides of a strong, all loyal convert to the consumer, is preparing this issue to get hotter, especially states such as New York this year prevented the issuance of paper tickets and Massachusetts legislators considered a bill that would keep the ticket resale market.
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