Published on March 13th, 2017 | by Alan Cross1
Concert Ticket-Buying Bot Operators Now Face “Unlimited Fines” in the UK
You know the drill by now. A hot show goes on sale at 10 am. By 10:00:30, all 20,000 tickets are sold out. At 10:00:45, they start appearing on resales at grossly inflated prices. You’re screwed.
Goddamn ticket-buying robots.
Governments around the world (New York State, Ontario, the UK) have been pressured into doing something about this. In Britain, scalpers are called “touts” and they’re now in the laser sights of the authorities.
Any second now, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is going to announce a crackdown on the use of bots. Using this software will be declared a criminal offense. From Sky News:
Culture minister Matt Hancock said: “This profiteering is simply not fair, so we are acting to put fans first and improve the chances of seeing our favourite musicians and sports stars at a reasonable price.
“Ticket sellers also need to do more, by improving transparency and ensuring that they are acting in the best interests of consumers and help the market work for everyone.”
Those convicted will face “unlimited fines.” I like it.