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Today, President Obama signed the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016, which makes it unlawful to use software to purchase tickets online. The new law is intended to create equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events, which has been susceptible to the automated purchase and resale by various third parties. Under the law, it is now illegal for anyone to use software (or a "bot") to circumvent the rules set by a ticket issuer, such as purchase limits. Additionally, it is also illegal to sell or offer to sell any ticket in interstate commerce purchased in violation, and liability extends to anyone who knew or should have known that the event ticket was acquired unlawfully with the assistance of software. The full text of the bill can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3183/text.

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