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senate Bill S. 3183

Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016

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  • EnactedDecember 14th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed December 7th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The senate Passed November 30th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedJuly 13th, 2016

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Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016

Official Title

A bill to prohibit the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for any given event, and for other purposes.


(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on September 27, 2016. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016 or the BOTS Act of 2016 (Sec. 2) This bill prohibits the circumvention of a security measure, access control system, or other technological measure on an Internet website or online service of a ticket issuer that is used to enforce posted event ticket purchasing limits or to maintain the integrity of posted online ticket purchasing order rules for a public event with an attendance capacity exceeding 200 persons. The bill also prohibits the sale of or offers to sell an event ticket in interstate commerce obtained through such a circumvention violation if the seller participated in, had the ability to control, or should have known about the violation. It shall not be unlawful, however, to create or use software or systems to: (1) investigate, or further the enforcement or defense of, alleged violations; or (2) identify and analyze flaws and vulnerabilities of security measures to advance the state of knowledge in the field of computer system security or to assist in the development of computer security products. Violations shall be treated as unfair or deceptive acts or practices under the Federal Trade Commission Act. The bill provides authority to the Federal Trade Commission and states to enforce against such violations.

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