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article imageCalifornia bans ticket buying bots

By Owen Weldon     Sep 24, 2013 in Technology
Los Angeles - On Monday the governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed legislation banning ticket-buying software that can buy hundreds of the best seats to sporting venues and concerts within seconds of them being available for purchase online.
According to LA Times, Assemblyman Richard Pan said that he introduced the bill because scalpers are able to have an unfair advantage in buying up tickets, which they end up reselling at a steep profit.
According to The Star Ledger, the law will go into effect on January 1. people who are found to be using ticket-buying software can face up to six months in jail, as well as civil fines of up to $2,500.
According to Capital Public Radio, Andrew Zimbalist, who is an economics professor at Smith College, said that bot programs know how to track the market, and instead of reselling the tickets right after they are purchased, they end up holding onto them for a little while.
Zimbalist went onto say that the tickets will then be sold off more slowly, because the demand is higher than the available supply, and this raises ticket prices even more.
Chris Grimm, who is with Fan Freedom, a national organization that advocates for tickets buyers, said that the law is a step in the right direction and that it would be better if it carried stronger penalties.
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