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A.G. combats illegal use of ticket bot software

Posted: 8:57 PM, Apr 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-29 18:57:59Z

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has introduced legislation to combat the widespread illegal use of automated ticket purchasing software.

The software, also known as “bots”, scoops up tickets to popular events.  As a result, the bots get an unfair advantage over real fans.

"For too long, unscrupulous ticket brokers have used illegal bots to scoop up tickets for popular events, denying ordinary fans the chance to buy tickets at face value," said Schneiderman.

While ticket bots are already illegal under New York’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, the legislation would stiffen the penalties for people who knowingly profit from others’ use of the bots.