Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced Senate passage of the "BOTS Act," federal legislation that would crackdown on cyber scalpers using bots to scoop up thousands of popular Broadway, theater and concert tickets to resell on other websites at outrageous prices. Earlier this year, Schumer teamed up with award-winning composer, lyricist, performer and Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to highlight the need for this legislation. Schumer said that, most recently, cyber scalpers have been using online computer programs, known as "bots," to purchase Hamilton tickets and reselling them anywhere between $500 to upwards of $2,000/ticket, up from approximately $189/ticket. Schumer's legislation would help fix the broken system of ticket purchasing. Now that the bill has passed the Senate, Schumer is calling on the House of Representatives to act before the end of this year.
"No ifs ands or bots about it, now that the "BOTS Act' has passed the Senate, it's up to the House to sweep the stage of bots so that actual fans can enjoy Hamilton, other hit Broadway shows and major concerts," said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. "These bots have gotten completely out of control and their dominance in the market is denying countless fans access to shows and concerts and driving prices through the roof. This legislation will finally crack down on online hackers and scalpers that use "bots' to purchase thousands of tickets in a matter of milli-seconds, and then sell them at outrageously-inflated prices."
Schumer continued, "By eliminating "bots' and slapping hackers with a hefty fine, we can better ensure those who want to attend shows in the future will not have to pay outrageous, unfair prices. I hope that the House will pass this legislation before the end of the year so that Broadway and concertgoers in New York and across the country have equal access to these tickets."