Bill Aims To Stop 'Ticket Bots' From Controling Sales

Posted at 4:58 PM, Dec 08, 2016

A bill designed to prevent computer programs from buying up large amounts of concert or event tickets has been sent to the president's desk.

It's a problem many people in Nashville have experienced - tickets to a big show go on sale, but when fans try to make a purchase, no tickets are available.

The issue centers around "ticket bots" that are using software that quickly purchases thousands of tickets within minutes of them going on sale.

The House passed the Better On-line Ticket Sales Act last month, and the Senate passed a related bill Wednesday.

Tennessee congressman Marsha Blackburn, who is vice-chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was the author of the house bill.

The bill would increase penalties on automated ticket buyers and increase federal enforcement.

Once signed, it will become illegal for BOTS to buy up tickets to sell at higher prices under federal law. 

That means tickets to popular shows, like Hamilton on Broadway, should become more affordable.