New law will make it easier to buy tickets online

concertA new U.S. law signed by President Barack Obama on December 15 will make it easier to buy tickets to concerts or other events online as the tickets go on sale.

Called the BOTS Act of 2016, a.k.a. the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, the law makes it illegal to use bots to purchase tickets online and make it illegal to sell tickets acquired through bots if the seller was aware or should have been aware the tickets were purchased using bots or participated in the purchase itself.

The use of bots to buy tickets had become a growing problem in recent years as tickets to popular events were being all bought up before regular buyers even had a chance to make a purchase. The act should give buyers a much better chance of securing tickets as they go on sale.

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