By Brittany Ehrlich SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a new law that criminalizes the use of ticket bots.
“The bill creates new penalties for individuals who use computer software known as “ticket bots” to manipulate systems designed to limit the number of tickets to an event that a person can buy,” according to Cuomo’s website. “These unfairly purchased tickets typically end up resold on ticket marketplace websites for substantially higher prices. Under the new legislation, individuals who resell tickets they know were obtained using ticket bots will also face new penalties.”
Ticket-bots were used for the sale of tickets at the Carrier Dome in April for the Luke Bryant concert. Tickets vanished quickly and were being sold at prices much higher than face value.
Carrier Dome Vice President Peter Sala believes Governor Cuomo’s law will help the consumer as well as the venue.
“It allows people to have better access to tickets,” Sala said.
Sala also added that ticket-bots hurt venues “because you get so many people who buy tickets through the secondary market who don’t really understand where the location is. That hurts us a lot.”
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer spoke at the Carrier Dome in April about the computer bots and his want for legislation to combat them.
Under this new law, running ticket bots will be considered a misdemeanor. People can be fined up to $1,000 or twice an individual’s gain from a crime, as well as one year in jail.