Scalper bots–those automatic ticket-buying programs that elbow ahead of humans and buy up all the best tickets to hot shots before us meatbags have chance to hit “enter”–are among the most hated artificial entities since the T-1000. They must be stopped before they completely take away all abilities from us squidgy organisms to see concerts at a fair price. But how?
Politicians certainly know there’s a problem. New York State is working on doing something about bots. In the UK, there’s a proposed amendment to a digital economy bill that seeks to punish what they call “ticket touts.” Last month, Kingston MPP Sophie Kiwala put forward a bill in the Ontario legislature that would attack the situation. And now the Ontario General of Ontario is on the case.
AG Yasir Naqvi wants the Liberal government to intervene in the practice of automated ticket buying. But how?
Naqvi is asking questions and looking for answers, consulting with authorities in other jurisdictions (including New York and the UK) as well as consumer groups, artists and anyone else with skin the game. Those findings will be added to Kiwala’s bill to give it more teeth.
Just in time, too. A survey of showed that two-thirds of all the tickets sold to the final Tragically Hip tour weren’t sold directly to fans.
We should all wish everyone involved all the luck in the world. No one likes a ticket-buying Bender.
(Via Chartattack and Todd)