President Obama signs anti-scalping BOTS Act into law
President Obama is staying busy in his last few weeks in the Oval Office and has just signed into law the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, whose acronym is cleverly BOTS, and will hopefully make it easier for fans to buy tickets to the shows they want. The law will "prohibit the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events." From Billboard:
"On behalf of artists, venues, teams, and especially fans, Ticketmaster is pleased that the BOTS Act is now a federal law," reads a Ticketmaster statement commending the law. "Ticketmaster worked closely with legislators to develop the BOTS Act and we believe its passage is a critical step in raising awareness and regulating the unauthorized use of Bots."
The bill was originally introduced in February 2015 by U.S. Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). But tensions around the issue intensified over the course of this year, when tickets for tours by Adele and Bruce Springsteen disappeared almost 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."
Back in November, New York Governor Cuomo signed a law that would make using ticket bots illegal.