Purchasing tickets for live events is becoming an increasingly stressful task, and a lot of this has to do with the existence of ticket bots.
Ticket bots allow scalpers to purchase blocks of concert tickets and tickets for other live events, preventing the average customer to purchase their own and ultimately forcing them to buy tickets from scalpers at a higher price. Tickets for Adele's tour this year, for example, sold out almost immediately because of ticket bots.
Luckily for the state of New York, though, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law that will make the use of ticket bots a class A misdemeanor. Breaking this new law, which goes into effect in February 2017, could mean hefty fines or even imprisonment. While ticket bots were already banned in the state, the punishment was much less severe.
Cuomo said in a statement: "These unscrupulous speculators and their underhanded tactics have manipulated the marketplace and often leave New Yorkers and visitors alike with little choice but to buy tickets on the secondary market at an exorbitant mark-up."
As Pitchfork points out, the New York attorney general's January report found that three brokers alone had purchased over 140,000 to New York events using bots between 2012 and 2014. New York joins 12 other states that have banned ticket bots, and legislation against the software has also been introduced in Congress.