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President Obama signs nationwide ticket-bot ban into law

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  1. Asif WILSON Khan

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    The bill aims to ensure equal access to popular events for the general public.

    New York already passed legislation banning the use of ticket buying bots, but President Obama has just made the ban a nationwide law. Today, the president signed the "Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016" which makes it illegal to use software to purchase tickets to popular events. Of course, the end goal of doing so is to resell them at a higher price. As you might expect, the law aims to give the general public a fair shot at concerts, sporting events and more that sell out quickly.

    Under the new law, it is illegal for anyone to use a bot or other software to obtain more tickets than a specified limit allows or circumvent the posted rules for making a fair purchase. It also makes it illegal to resell any tickets than were bought with the help of a ticket bot. Both the person who employed the software and anyone who has knowledge of how the tickets were obtained can be held liable for the offense.

    The BOTS Act also gives state governments the power to bring a civil suit to US district court on behalf of its residents. During those proceedings, states can seek to obtain damages, restitution or other compensation for the affected residents in the case. The law gives the Federal Trade Commission the power to intervene in those civil cases as well.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3183/text

    https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/15...to-law/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
     
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    What's your opinion about it?

    I'm not necessarily against it, but I fear that pretty soon government will be messing with our own other bots as well? Prohibit "automated browsing of the WWW"???? Hope not....
     
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    I think there will be more scrutiny of Bots, especially within the Ad Industry due to the fraud losses.
     
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    But of course the big donors like Bing and Google will be free to run their bots as they please.
     
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    Think its a good thing tbh but someones always gunna be missing out anyway. I mean there will still be people priced out of going.

    Besides im sure more sophisticated bots will be built to outsmart any sort of measure they use to catch them. Or maybe not, what do i know.
     
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    Why is Obama still signing things?
     
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    Im gonna have to say I'm in the middle of the road on this one. I'd have to agree that I don't want Uncle Sam messing with my bots or internet fucntions. Now as someone that has been repeatedly gouged for event tickets by online sellers, I'm okay with limiting a large agency from jacking all the ticket prices way up. They have become digital ticket scalpers. Their own greed led to this outcome. Sorry if anyone here makes a living selling tickets, and if you do I hope you find a way to bounce back stronger.
     
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    Because hes still the President.

    I feel like they will do this for sneakers eventually.
     
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    Nah, Obama is almost out and the next guy will not care nearly as much about being a nanny over the web. As far as blackhatting goes, less laws is always better than more bullshit to wade through. I'm not in the ticket game myself, but I'd thought of it before. This is pretty shitty and will no doubt put a few blackhatters out of business.

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    Aren't the bots still going to be a problem just instead of Americans using bots it will be people from other countries?
     
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    Most big time bot owners can get offshore vps for this I cant see it changing things.
     
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    An offshore vps isn't going to help if you are still in the US and can be sued over it.
     
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    just a waste of time , still dozens pple are doing it everyday . lol
     
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    Eummmm, law didnt disallow ticket bot in China, especially in train ticket lol