Italy’s Uffizi Gallery hails US online tout ruling

ROME (AFP) – Italy’s world-famous Uffizi Gallery on Thursday hailed a United States (US) court victory which bars “bloodsucking” ticket touts using the Italian museum’s name in website domains.

The Arizona court ruling bars third parties using several addresses including Uffizi.com and Uffizi.net, the museum said, hailing the “historic” ruling.

Visitors to historic museums and sites around the world are frequently confronted with a plethora of websites masquerading as official sites when seeking to buy tickets online.

“These websites have been exploited to date for the sale of tickets to the museum at grossly inflated prices through improper use of the name Uffizi in a deliberate attempt to trick visitors,” the gallery said in a statement.