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Published: Sat, December 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President Obama Signs Act Which Makes Ticket Bots Illegal

President Obama Signs Act Which Makes Ticket Bots Illegal

Back in 2015, we launched a petition urging our United States government to sign the BOTS Act (aka Better Online Ticket Sales Act) effectively criminalizing the use of ticket bot software to hack websites and purchase tickets before average consumers. The answer is ticket bots - computer technology able to buy thousands of tickets within seconds.

In the hours since the announcement of the passing of the Act, Ticketmaster posted a statement applauding President Obama for taking a "step in the right direction for the fans". But tensions around the issue intensified over the course of this year, when tickets for tours by Adele and Bruce Springsteen disappeared nearly instantly after being made available for sale - only to appear at much higher price points on the secondary market - and Hamilton founder Lin-Manuel Miranda decried the practice in a New York Times op-ed in June titled, "Stop The Bots From Killing Broadway".

During a television interview between the managing director of Live Nation Italy Roberto de Luca and reporter Matteo Viviani as part of an undercover investigation, Luca denied that the company was complicit in placing tickets directly onto secondary platforms.

In a report earlier this year, investigators in New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office cited a single broker who bought 1,012 tickets within one minute to a U2 concert at Madison Square Garden when they went on sale on December 8, 2014, despite the vendor's claim of a four-ticket limit.

Other countries struggle with online ticket scalpers. "The U.K. must follow suit", said Franceschi.

The BOTS Act was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives last week before Obama signed it into law.

Franceschi is so passionate about the issue that in November, he sold an extra 100 tickets to an intimate You Me At Six show in London that was originally sold out.

Tickets for Justin Bieber's Dublin show went on sale today, with the singer set to play Dublin's RDS on June 21st next year.

Around 20 fans queued in the rain outside Ticketmaster in St Stephens' Green shopping centre in Dublin overnight.

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