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PostSubject: Congress Passes Law Banning Scalper Bots   Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:51 pm

In light of last week's ticket release for House of Independents in Asbury Park, which sold out in seconds, I noticed this article. It appears Congress is attempting to crack down on scalpers using bots to obtain mass amounts of tickets. I would have thought this was already illegal.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/08/504843205/bots-b-gone-congress-bans-ticket-scalpers-tool-blamed-for-quick-sell-outs



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PostSubject: Re: Congress Passes Law Banning Scalper Bots   Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:02 pm

Not sure about legality, but most ticket sellers try to stop them - usually via those annoying things where you have to type a word you can barely read. It never seems to work though. There are moves to change the law here as well, but it's a difficult process I guess.

Best way around it I ever saw was when Rage Against The Machine got the xmas number one, and did a free gig by way of a thank you. When you applied for tickets, you had to submit a photo of each person you were applying for, and then they were printed on the tickets. Security checked the tickets on the way in, so I guess you could sell to someone that looked a bit like you, but it certainly prevented this anonymous online selling.
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