Desert Trip Tries To Get Federal Crackdown On Scalpers, Bootleggers

INDIO ( — A request from the Desert Trip festival for authorities to confiscate and destroy bootleg merchandise being sold outside the classic rock concert, which starts Friday night, was rejected by a federal judge.

The request is the latest move by companies behind Desert Trip and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to crack down on scalpers and copycats. The company has gone to federal court at least five times since January, according to The Desert Sun.

In the latest case, a lawsuit filed a week ago doesn’t name a defendant, but instead makes a preemptive argument that bootleggers will sell “unauthorized” merchandise outside the concert, confusing concertgoers, the newspaper reported.

Desert Trip – a six-day, two-weekend music festival – is expected to be one of the biggest and most-profitable rock concerts of all time. Tickets cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, and more will be spent on T-shirts, hats and other souvenirs.

Federal Judge Philip Gutierrez denied the request last week, then reaffirmed his decision Wednesday, writing that Desert Trip helped create its own crisis by waiting until late September to file its request, according to the Sun.

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One Comment

  1. Mike O'Connor says:

    Is it ever enough money…. EVER???

  2. Mikey says:

    As far as scalpers are concerned, if the show is sold out, the concert company has already made there money. The real ticket costs are already outrageous for normal people, and if someone wants to spend 10 times that much from a scalper, that´s their problem. Bootleg merchandise actually provides competition. Without it, “licensed´´ merchandise is sold for ridiculous amounts. The concert company will make an incredibale amount of profit from this festival, they cry if they can´t make more.

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