Music industry calls for ban on ticket-buying 'bots'
"Botnets" are stealing tickets away from genuine fans by purchasing large quantities of concert tickets all at once, to increase the price to scalp later one. Now, the UK is discussing whether such bots should be banned.This article originally appeared on Telegraph
Online 'bots' which buy vast numbers of concert tickets as soon as they go on sale should be made illegal, MPs have been told.
So-called botnets - software that automatically buys in bulk before humans get chance - push up the price of tickets for genuine fans who are forced to buy from touts with a mark-up.
Annabella Coldrick, of the Music Managers Forum, told MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport select committee that the use of bots amounted to "industrial-scale market abuse."
Josh Franceschi, of the rock band You Me at Six, echoed the call for ticket-harvesting bots to be outlawed.
"There needs to be legislation," the 26-year-old told the committee. "I'd like to see tickets only being sold through primary websites."
He added: "There are a lot of derelict large music venues being shut down regularly because the business isn't going through those halls.”