Congress Passes Law to Ban Ticket-Buying Bots

If you’ve ever tried to get tickets to see your favorite artist in concert, only to find out the tickets have sold out in under ten minutes, you’re not alone. This extremely disappointing trend happens to fans everywhere all too often. The culprit is not usually other fans, either. It’s ticket-buying robots. Fortunately, the days of bots purchasing all the tickets to Katy Perry may be over.

A bill passed by Congress, the Better Online Ticket Sales Act (BOTS), has made it illegal to bypass any computer security system designed to limit ticket sales to concerts, Broadway shows and other events with capacity for more than 200 people. The bill was unanimously passed in the Senate and it will now proceed to President Obama.


Since the popularization of online ticket-buying, computer programs have been used to buy tickets in mass quantity. In 2013, The New York Times wrote a big expose about the growing issue, and awareness about this serious problem has expanded. It’s good to see that our lawmakers are doing something about this vintage 21st Century problem. Now, if only they could do something about the extravagant prices of Broadway shows and concerts.