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Congress Cracks Down on ‘Bots’ That Buy Up Concert Tickets

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  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Billboard reports on congress’s attempts to criminalize the use of ticket bots nationwide:

    Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama that could make it easier to get tickets to popular shows, sports events and concerts.

    Legislation passed by voice vote in the House on Wednesday (Dec. 7) would crack down on computer software used by some ticket brokers to snap up tickets. The so-called “bots” rapidly purchase as many tickets as possible for resale at significant markups, and are one of the reasons why tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert or Hamilton performance can sell out in just a few minutes.

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  2. Ferrari333SP

    Prestigious Supporter

    About time
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  3. SayHello


    Even congressman can't get tickets to see Brand New these days.
  4. coleslawed

    Eat Pizza

    Thanks, Obama.
  5. Raku


    Eh, I don't like how they said "popular" as an example. I'm hoping this applies to all events because "popular" events aren't the only ones to be bought out by scalpers.
  6. Phil507

    Resident NYC snob Supporter

    Are we still ignoring the bigger issue here? Yes there are ticket bots but many artists scalp THEIR OWN tickets. VIP packages are how some bands are getting around it by offering the best seats at market price.
  7. joey-wan kenobi

    Happiness is a warm gun mama

    Was this a non-issue until the social elite couldn't even get into Hamilton?

  8. kidinthebushes


    I bought me having to identify three pictures with ice cream was supposed to prevent bots from buying tickets.