A brand new invoice signed into legislation this week in New York will have an effect on the patron expertise for ticket purchases to stay occasions, and the state hopes the modifications will probably be for the higher. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul mentioned in a press release, “Dwell leisure has lengthy been a important sector in our economic system, and as shoppers and the trade get well from the pandemic, it is crucial that we make the ticket-buying expertise simpler and extra clear. This invoice will increase penalties for malicious ticketing practices which have made stay occasions inaccessible to New Yorkers for too lengthy.” [via Deadline]
The brand new laws is supposed to ensure transparency within the ticket shopping for course of by requiring sellers to make full show of the price of the ticket, successfully banning the infamous hidden charges. It consists of penalties for these utilizing scalper bots and related software program to accumulate bulk portions of tickets. Supply charges on tickets which are delivered electronically or printed at residence have been given the deep six, and the sale of tickets to free occasions has additionally been prohibited as a part of the brand new laws.
Nevertheless, the underside line on the brand new laws is that the aim was to all the time construct extra transparency into the ticket buying course of. And whereas extra transparency is all the time good, it wasn’t essentially the issue. For instance, the invoice is not going to handle the validity, if any, of any of the numerous such charges included within the ticket buy, nor does it even dare to handle the constitutionality of a multi-conglomerate stay occasion market that appears to solely incentivize these on the prime of its meals chain. Even the outlawing of ticket bots is essentially toothless, as individuals in neighboring states with no such ban can simply pilfer tickets with out consequence.
That mentioned, the signing of the legislation marks the primary critical try to reign within the trade, particularly throughout the concrete confines of the most important stay leisure metropolis on the planet, New York. Time will inform if that is solely the start.
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