The crackdown on touting continues.
Ticket touts who use bots to snap up concert tickets automatically, leaving fans empty-handed, could face prison and a £5,000 fine under new UK government proposals.
The proposed amendment to the digital economy bill has been tabled by Conservative MP Nigel Adams, who said he was inspired to take action after missing out on Green Day tickets.
Adams admitted that he was likely to face opposition from free market advocates, but argued that “politicians need to act” when the market is crooked, “irrespective of political dogma.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said the government “will be looking at the recommendations very carefully”.
In February, the UK government finally agreed to protect fans from fraud on the secondary ticketing market. The proposals, collected in an amendment to the consumer rights bill, will mean that fans buying tickets from sites like Viagogo, Stubhub and Seatwave will now be given the exact details of the ticket they’re buying, including seat numbers, face value and the identity of the original seller. The secondary ticketing industry is estimated to be worth £1bn, as the Guardian reports.
Last month, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon voiced his frustrations about scalpers, pointing out that 6.5% of the band’s ticket sales had gone to ticket touts.