A new law has gone in to effect to help prevent concert bots from snatching up concert tickets before the general public.
If you’re a music fan, you know the struggle of trying to get tickets to see your favorite A-list country star. Whether you’re trying to get a ticket to see George Strait or Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, it’s a tough task. Tickets sell out in minutes (sometimes even seconds!) and that’s largely in part because of concert bots.
According to WSMV, U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn first presented the bill which has now become law. “You may find yourself paying $200 or $300 for a $100 ticket,” she explains. The problem has become more prominent in recent years, which is why then-President Barack Obama signed off on the new law in December.
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Jerry Moran also see the concert bots as a huge issue. Moran admits that the “age-old” scalping issue is still around but says it’s “been made more prevalent by advances in technology.”
However, it’s unclear just how big of an impact the new law will actually make on ticket buying. Some experts believe that nothing will change unless the system allows fans to purchase tickets before anyone else. Many prime spots end up getting reserved for those within the industry, venue staff and others involved in producing the event.
Musicians are also starting to take a stand against concert bots and scalpers. In 2016, Eric Church he was able to reclaim over 1,000 tickets that went to scalpers. Kip Moore has also taken them on — even confronting one on Twitter!
What do you think about this new law? Do you think it will help eliminate concert bots?