Ticketmaster Pays $110 Million to Settle Songkick Lawsuit

Ticketmaster Pays $110 Million to Settle Songkick Lawsuit

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the news release, but financial filings from Live Nation confirm the company is making a lump sum payment of $110 million to CERG, exclusive of the amounts paid to acquire the other assets.

"We are pleased that we were able to resolve this dispute and avoid protracted and costly legal proceedings, while also acquiring valuable assets", Live Nation president Joe Berchtold said in a press release.

Matt Jones, the chief executive of Songkick's parent company, Complete Entertainment Resources Group, thanked employees and artists "who contributed so much to our many successes over the last decade".

Last summer, Songkick sold its music discovery platform to WMG.

The case for Songkick hinged on rights to sell tickets.

Songkick, which offered both a music discover app and a fan club ticketing platform, sued Live Nation alleging anti-competitive practices and illegal access to proprietary company information in federal court. Presales serve, in part, as a way to thwart scalpers.

Two years ago, the ticketing startup that operated from a Brooklyn loft, filed a suit against Live Nation, the huge concert business. But Live Nation, which countersued, argued that its contracts with venues gave it the right to determine how those tickets should be sold. The core of the case centered around a former Crowdsurge employee who allegedly used still-working access to the company's system to brief Ticketmaster's top executives on their nascent competitor. The suit by Songkick accused Live Nation as well of threatening artists not to work with Songkick.

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.