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Advocacy Groups Urge Congress, DOJ to Stop Live Nation’s Abusive Contract Terms

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  • Advocacy Groups Urge Congress, DOJ to Stop Live Nation’s Abusive Contract Terms

    The Artist Rights Alliance, Center for Digital Democracy, and Future of Music Coalition have sent a letter calling on the House Judiciary Committee to investigate Live Nation’s exploitative 2021 venue policies and its parent company, Liberty Media, for monopolistic behavior and abuses. In an attempt to profit off the pandemic, LiveNation has implemented unfair “take it or leave it” contract terms for 2021 that radically cut performance fees and expose artists to absurdly high penalties in the event of any pandemic-related delays or cancellations. The letter reads, in part

    “Liberty/Live Nation should not be allowed to exploit its multi-market monopoly and impose overwhelmingly one-sided and exploitative terms on performers under cover of a worldwide pandemic emergency. Consumers in areas served by Live Nation’s huge array of venues and should not be held hostage to grotesquely overreaching corporate demands.”
    In addition to calling on Congress to investigate, the Artist Rights Alliance has launched a petition urging DOJ to stop Liberty Media’s planned merger with iHeartMedia which would only expand their market dominance. The petition also asks artists to boycott Live Nation venues and find alternatives to Liberty Media’s offerings when and if possible. The petition can be found here.

    You can read the full letter here.
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