The government is planning new laws to stop ticket touts from using automated tools to buy-up large quantities of tickets from event organisers, preventing bona fide fans from getting hold of tickets - except at extortionate prices from the touts.
The new law is intended to target individuals and companies that use automated software to buy tickets in bulk for the sole purpose of reselling at inflated prices. In the near future, touts could be slapped with an "unlimited fine".
Musicians such as Adele and Ed Sheeran have seen their tickets sold for thousands of pounds on third-party resale sites. Meanwhile, touts ended up flogging tickets to London musical Hamilton for up to £6,000.
Margot James, minister for digital and the creative industries, said claimed that the new law will ensure "everyone has the chance to see their favourite stars at a fair price".
She explained that the government has reached the "final stage" of creating a law to stop "rip-off ticket touts using bots to buy huge numbers of tickets only to sell them on at massively over-inflated prices".
James added: "Our work, together with improvements by industry, will give consumers greater protection, make the market more transparent and help Britain's live events scene continue to thrive."
The proposed legislation will be a provision of the Digital Economy Act and will make sure that "genuine fans are not losing out through the secondary ticketing market".
In addition to this, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has implemented new rules that require third-parties to provide consumers with more information about the tickets they reselling.
Now, resellers must provide customers with unique ticket numbers and their seat, standing area or location. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Trading Standards are also clamping down on misleading websites.
Consumer Minister Andrew Griffiths said: "Fans have a right to know exactly what they're signing up to on ticket resale websites, but all too often people are left feeling ripped off when the ticket doesn't match expectations.
"We're taking steps to crack down on touts using "bots" to bulk buy tickets for resale and last week's new rules will also improve transparency in this market."
Adam Webb, campaign manager FanFair Alliance, added: "This new legislation is important, and we need it to be activated and enforced.
"By reducing the means of dedicated touts to bulk harvest tickets, Government can help recalibrate the live music market and give fans a better opportunity to buy tickets at a price the artist sets."
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