A new UK government proposal may soon punish ticket touts who scoop up concert tickets using bots. And they could now face prison and a £5,000 fine. The proposed amendment is an addition to the digital economy bill, supported by Conservative MP Nigel Adams. And it turns out it all started after he missed out on buying some Green Day tickets.

"Politicians need to act," when the market is crooked, "irrespective of political dogma." Prime Minister Theresa May said the government "will be looking at the recommendations very carefully."

A StubHub representative also reached out to us to share that they too fully support the amendment, as well. "StubHub supports legislation to tackle bot misuse. The misuse of these programmes harms all aspects of the ticketing industry, most importantly fans. We have consistently supported anti-bots legislation and recently gave evidence to the US Senate Commerce Committee on this subject. This is one of the biggest issues that the ticketing industry faces. However, legislation alone cannot solve this. Professor Waterson’s review into the secondary ticket market concluded that event organisers and primary ticketing companies need to develop better technology in the fight against bots, which we fully support.”