Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation outlawing the use of so-called ticket-buying software, or "bots," that can purchase hundreds of the best seats to concerts and sporting events within seconds of their going on sale online.
Assemblyman Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) said he introduced AB 329 because the bots give scalpers an unfair advantage in buying up tickets that they can then resell at a steep profit.
The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, makes it a misdemeanor subject to up to six months in jail and special civil fines of up to $2,500 to use software to circumvent the security of ticket-selling websites to conduct mass purchases.
Supporters of the bill include Ticketmaster, which said in a statement: “This is an important step in combating nefarious scalping practices."