New York Governor Signs Law Making It A Crime For Scalpers To Use Ticket Bot Software

March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIt has been an ongoing issue for many years, with thousands upon thousands of potential ticket purchasers being stripped of the ability to purchase their way into various events due to scalpers and the use of automated ticket purchasing software, better known as ‘bots.’ The software allows scalpers to scoop up hundreds, and even thousands of tickets to any major event, to then be resold on a secondary site for double or triple the original price. It is a billion-dollar industry that has, unfortunately, had the ability to exist far too long.Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that makes the use of such systems a crime. While New York state currently has laws in place banning the use of ‘bots,’ the penalties were a minor deterrent, at best, to those that are cashing in on the reselling of tickets. This new law, however, may see those found guilty of using the software facing jail time and significant monetary fines of up to $1500 for one offense.According to The Buffalo News, “The law expands the definition of what are considered illegal ‘bots’ to also include software that bypasses a ticket site’s security measures intended to halt massive ticket purchases by one individual or company.”Sen. Andrew Lanza, a Staten Island Republican and Senate sponsor of the bill, said the measure will “help stop ticket price gouging and ensure that consumers have a fair chance to purchase tickets to their favorite sporting events, concerts and shows.” The new law will be put into effect 90 days from when it is signed in by Gov. Cuomo, who had until midnight tonight to sign the legislation into law. This is a major step in the right direction.[via The Buffalo News]last_img

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