A federal judge in Los Angeles has issued a default judgment and permanent injunction against RMG Technologies to stop creating, trafficking in, or facilitating the use of computer programs that allow its clients to circumvent the protection systems on Ticketmaster's Web site.

As part of the Federal District Court's judgment, which was entered on June 19, Ticketmaster will be awarded $18,237,200 (plus attorneys' fees) for profits that RMG wrongfully earned through infringement of the ticketing company's copyrights, and intentional interference with contractual relations.

"Consumers understand that there often simply are not enough tickets to meet demand, but RMG's technology was used by some to unfairly cut to the front of the line," Ticketmaster executive VP and general counsel Edward Weiss said in a statement. "Ticketmaster will continue to fight for an equitable ticket distribution process."

Last October, Judge Audrey B. Collins issued a preliminary injunction against RMG Technologies. The injunction was temporary and forced RMG to stop activity until there was a full trial.

The order also barred Pittsburgh-based RMG from using information gained from access of Ticketmaster's Web site to create computer programs designed to circumvent the company's copy protection and Web site regulation systems.

Ticketmaster says these programs have allowed ticket brokers to have unfair and repeated access to tickets. According to Ticketmaster, RMG's clients are ticket brokers or suppliers to ticket brokers who use RMG's software to buy tickets they can resell to the public at higher prices.

The issue came under increased scrutiny last fall in the wake of the huge demand for tickets to the Hannah Montana tour.

Additional reporting by Ray Waddell in Nashville