Congress cracks down on bots used by ticket scalpers


The US Congress this week passed legislation that would outlaw bots used by scalpers to purchase tickets to concerts, sporting events, and Broadway shows. The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act was passed in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, and now awaits President Obama’s signature.

The bill makes it illegal for brokers to use software that bypasses online systems designed to limit the number of tickets an individual can purchase. Scalpers have used bots to purchase as many tickets as possible, leading to inflated prices on secondary markets.

“These bots have gotten completely out of control and their dominance in the…

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