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Congress cracks down on "bots" that snap up concert tickets

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/7/2016 By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama that could make it easier to get tickets to popular shows, sports events and concerts.

Legislation passed by the House on Wednesday would crack down on computer software used by ticket brokers to snap up tickets. The so-called "bots" rapidly purchase as many tickets as possible for resale at significant markups, and are one of the reasons why tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert or "Hamilton" performance can sell out in just a few minutes.

The bill would make using the software an "unfair and deceptive practice" under the Federal Trade Commission Act and allow the FTC to pursue those cases. The Senate passed the bill last month.

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