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US anti-scalper law bans ticket-buying software

President Obama signs into a law the Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016. Maybe now we can get tickets to "Hamilton."


Scalping methods have a come a long way since the days of paper tickets.

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You may soon find it a lot easier to get tickets to events at face value.

President Obama has signed into law the Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016, or BOTS Act, "which prohibits the circumvention of control measures used by internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events," the White House said Thursday in a statement.

Ticket-buying bot software is used by scalpers to automatically purchase large numbers of tickets to popular events so quickly that consumers never have a chance. Scalpers then resell the tickets on third-party sites like StubHub at much higher prices.

The law stops the unauthorized use of bots and the sale of tickets purchased by bots. In November, New York made it a crime to use ticket bots.