Ticketmaster Takes Legal Action Against Ticket-Buying Bots

How many times have you signed on to Ticketmaster’s website the MOMENT tickets for a big show go on sale only to find out that the gig is sold out within seconds? WTF, man?

A big part of the problem are bots that scam the system. These automated ticket buying programs can buy as many as 200,000 tickets a day before a show goes on sale.  No wonder the general public gets screwed.

Ticketmaster–as monolithic and mysterious as it may be–is quite concerned about this robotic scamming. Its terms of service bans bots and limits the number of tickets anyone (or anything) can request on a given day. And now they’ve taken action.

According to the New York Times, Ticketmaster has taken legal action against 21 people–super-scalpers–accusing them of fraud and breach of copyright.  Hey, it’s a start.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.