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New York to crack down on ‘ticket bots’

November 29, 2016

As published by the Times-Herald Record on November 29, 2016.

New York is cracking down so-called “ticket bots,” software used to snatch up tickets to concerts, plays and other events that are then resold at significantly higher prices.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a new law creating penalties for those who use ticket bots to circumvent limits on the number of tickets one person can buy. The law also makes it illegal for someone to resell tickets they know were bought using ticket bots.

A report from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office found that third-party ticket resellers often use ticket bots to purchase large blocks of tickets, which are resold at a high mark-up.

Schneiderman say he worked with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to pass the law, which he says will help “bring sanity” to ticket buying.