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New York becomes first city to criminalise ticket touts, jail time threatened

New York becomes first city to criminalise ticket touts, jail time threatened

Whether you love them, hate them or simply utilise them, ticket touts are a part of our live music culture. Approaching a venue on gig night, wherever you turn you can't escape a distant 'buy or sell', until now.

New York has become the first city to criminalise black market ticketing. Yes, governer Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law to criminalise ticket bots, their best means to acquire large numbers of tickets before fans. They hope that this can combat unfair buying and reselling practice in the state.

Ticket bots are set up so that they can buy tickets without even having to look at a computer screen. Their use has now been made a class A misdemeanor, meaning touts that use them will face much larger fines and possibly even jail time.


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