Congress passed a bill on Wednesday to crack down on bots buying up concert tickets.
It already passed in the Senate.
Better Online Ticket Sales Act
The Better Online Ticket Sales Act would make using software to snap up tickets to shows, sports events and concerts an "unfair and deceptive practice" under the Federal Trade Commission Act and allow the FTC to pursue those cases, according to Associated Press.
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, the Republican sponsor of the bill, said the legislation will "level the playing field" for people buying tickets. "The need to end this growing practice is reflected in the bill's widespread support," Moran said.
BTW, selling Hamilton tix at the Marquis B.O.= success.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 17, 2015
Keep buying tix there with no fees.
Thank you fans & fam, F*ck scalpers, carry on
Lin-Manuel Miranda: "You shouldn’t have to fight robots just to see something you love."
The National Association of Ticket Brokers, a group of about 200 ticket resellers that do not use bots, supported the act.
"People should not be competing with ticket-hoarding software to make a purchase," Gary Adler, Executive Director of NATB, said in an e-mailed statement to Arstechnica.com.
This is especially good news for artists and fans who have voiced their frustrations about these automated scalpers for years.
Chance The Rapper tweeted about taking tickets back from scalpers earlier this year.
DON'T SELL OVERPRICED UAAP TICKETS AND DEFINITELY DO NOT BUY FROM SCALPERS 🙄🙄🙄— Julianne Beltran (@juliannebeltran) December 5, 2016
"DO NOT BUY FROM SCALPERS."
"A good start."
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