Two Ticketmaster employees named in Songkick’s anti-trust lawsuit in direction of the ticketing company’s proprietor Live Nation – Stephen Mead and Zeeshan Zaidi – have left the company, Billboard has confirmed.
As beforehand reported, Mead beforehand labored for CrowdSurge, which was acquired by Songkick in 2015. Mead left Crowdsurge in 2012, taking over a activity at Ticketmaster’s Ticketweb a yr later, sooner than changing into a member of the precept Ticketmaster company as Director Of Client Relations & Artist Services in 2015.
Songkick alleges that he nonetheless retained 85,000 Crowdsurge company paperwork on his laptop computer pc – along with enterprise plans, financial knowledge, contracts and additional – which he used to create research for his new bosses about potential new enterprise. It moreover claims he accessed CrowdSurge check out web sites created for potential new consumers, which had been publicly obtainable to anyone who knew how the URLs had been formulated.
The lawsuit claims that Ticketmaster then developed a plan to compete with CrowdSurge based mostly totally on the confidential knowledge it had obtained, along with specializing in new consumers which the start-up was aiming to work with.
Both Mead and Zaidi had been named in an updated mannequin of the lawsuit, which Songkick initially filed in direction of Live Nation in 2015. The principal focus of the litigation is the allegation that the reside leisure company – which is, in any case, an enormous participant in tour and competitors promotion, and venue and artist administration, in addition to tickets – was holding the acts it actually works with to ransom, significantly in the US, in the occasion that they decided to collaborate with the Songkick on fan membership pre-sales.
Live Nation talked about that the extra allegations of hacking added in February this yr had been “baseless”, although Songkick submitted emails from Mead presupposed to debate covertly accessing Crowdsurge’s system.
With the case set to go to trial subsequent month, it emerges that Mead and Zaidi are actually not working for Ticketmaster. The precise circumstances behind their departures have not been disclosed.