New York Just Made Using Ticket Bots A Felony

by JESSICA GOLDSTEIN – You have probably had a problem with ticket bots. The automated software — though it is more fun to imagine them as actual robots — allows individuals to purchase oodles of tickets to a show, concert, or game the millisecond the sale begins. No matter how quick your clicking finger is, you’re no match for that Ex Machina-lite technology in the hands of sneaky scalpers. Fortunately for non-robot ticket-buyers, the New York State Assembly just passed legislation to criminalize ticket bots. A statement from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie explains that the civil penalties for using ticket bots will be “strengthened.” The legislation also creates “a new criminal penalty for the use of ticket purchasing software.” Ticket bots are already illegal and can be punished with civil sanctions; this legislation ups the ante, making ticket bot usage a criminal violation. Under the proposal, civil penalties would be...

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