Congressional Testimony, "Pearl Jam/Ticketmaster" Hearings, 1994

Mr. CONDIT. Our next witness is Mr. Downs. Mr. Downs is the 

attorney for R.E.M. and he is also a professor for the University of 

Georgia School of Law. Thank you for being here today. 

 

STATEMENT OF BERTIS DOWNS, ATTORNEY, R^.M., AND AD- 

JUNCT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA SCHOOL OF 

LAW, ATHENS, GA 

 

Mr. Downs. Good morning, thanks for letting me be here. I live 

in Athens, GA, As you said, my name is Bertis Downs. I am the 

attorney for the group R.E.M. , a popular rock band that I have rep- 

resented since I graduated from law school in 1981. As you also 

said, I teach part-time at the University of Greorgia School of Law 

where I teach courses on entertainment law and sports law. Also, 

for the last 2 years I have served as the music division chair of the 

American Bar Association's Forum Committee on the Entertain- 

ment and Sports Industries. 

 

I mention these affiliations for identification purposes only, and 

emphasize that the views I am about to ofFer are mine alone and 

not necessarily the views of any organization with which I am asso- 

ciated. 

 

My views spring principally from my representation of R.E.M. 

The band was founded in 1980 and has given hundreds of live per- 

formances since then. Right now, R.E.M. is actively considering an- 

other major tour, possibly as early as 1995. Since my own work 

largely concerns these tours, I have had a chance to observe all of 

the many business components that make up the live music tour- 

ing industry. If you don't mind, I am going to take a second to 

draw — I am going to get into my teacherly mode. 

 

I want to draw on the blackboard to show how a deal is put to- 

gether. There have been a lot of questions, trying to get at sort of 

the macro part of all this and I want to try to provide a framework 

or a context for you to understand how this particular corner of the 

music touring industry, ticket sales, relates to the rest of it, and 

I then want to make a larger point about that.

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