Purchasing Tickets Online Using Bots Becomes Felony Under BOTS Act
Purchasing your tickets to a show through an online website has never been an easy task. We have witnessed Swedish House Mafia sell out Madison Square Garden in under ten minutes attaining a huge milestone for dance music. In order to buy huge lots of concert tickets for resale, scalpers use scripted programs known as internet bots to schedule e-ticket purchases. While people are getting ready in front of their computers five or ten minutes before tickets are released on websites, bot users have scheduled their programs to purchase high volumes of e-tickets to any show they choose. Once shows sell out of their tickets these scalpers spike the ticket prices up for huge profits on Craigslist and Stub Hub.
Fortunately for the rest of us who don't use this despicable practice, the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act has made purchasing tickets through computer software a federal offense. Both the House of Representative & Senate passed the Act through Congress and President Obama gladly signed it. This brand new legislation will hopefully level the playing field for regular people who want to buy tickets to just go see their favorite DJ or Producer. Now that it is illegal to use bots to instantly buy large amounts of online tickets hopefully people will now be able to actually buy tickets online when they are released.