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Blumenthal takes aim at ticket bots

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, or BOTS Act, would ban "ticket bots." (WFSB) Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, or BOTS Act, would ban "ticket bots." (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

State theaters and ticket vendors said they'll be joining a Connecticut senator in a call for Congressional action against online ticket scalping.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, or BOTS Act, would ban "ticket bots" that essentially automatically scoop up and hog tickets sold on various vendors' websites.

The bots belong to third party sites that, according to Blumenthal, unfairly hike up the price to individual fans.

"Parasitic software known as ‘ticket bots’ devour tickets at high-speeds, making it impossible for ordinary consumers to see their favorite band or hometown sports team at a reasonable price," he said. "By banning certain ticket bots, this bipartisan bill will help ensure consumers have fair access to the events they want to see."

Blumenthal said tickets for popular events often sell out immediately, which leaves average customers unable to find tickets directly from a primary ticket vendor.

Instead, people are forced to purchase tickets from third party resale platforms for higher prices.

Blumenthal blamed, in part, software called "ticket bots." The programs automatically locate and purchase large quantities of tickets off of websites such as Ticketmaster.

The bill was introduced by Blumenthal and Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Chuck Schumer of New York. It passed the Commerce Committee in September.

Blumenthal said he's holding a news conference about the bill at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Seaverns Room at The Bushnell in Hartford.

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