It's a glorious day for all live music fans in the state of New York, and a hopeful step in the right direction to remove ticket scalping bots that have plagued the online ticket market.
A new piece of legislation passed the Assembly and state Senate on June 17th, and if Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides to sign it, using ticket bots to scalp tickets from online ticket retailers will be a Class A misdemeanor crime with a penalty of up to a year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.
Of course, some ticket bots are already banned by law, but the new bill aims to increase the penalty for these offenses. Plus, reselling tickets purchased by a bot will also be illegal, which is a new focus for restricting the use of using the ticket scalping software.
“New Yorkers have been dealing with this frustrating ticket buying experience for too long,” said Assembly sponsor Marcos Crespo, D-Bronx in a statement. “Countless have lost opportunities to experience the richness of our arts and entertainment industry because there are those willing to circumvent by using automated software to deprive the average consumer of access to entertainment venues. The top music, theatre and athletic talent of our nation have priced their events at levels affordable to the mass public. With this bill becoming law, we will ensure the prices to see such talent will be within reach of all New Yorkers.”
We will just have to wait and see if this new law will have an impact on the market. It's safe to say those Beyonce, Radiohead, or Bassnectar tickets will still sell out in minutes, but now everyone will have an equal chance.