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Ticket-scalping bots set to face unlimited fines

Ticket scalpers who use bots to bulk -buy tickets online and resell them at inflated prices will be subject to “unlimited fines” under new plans laid out by the U.K. Government.

Amendments to the U.K.’s Digital Economy Bill mean that it will be illegal to use bots to circumvent limits on the maximum number of tickets that can be bought by an individual.

Tickets purchased by bots can appear on secondary websites for vastly inflated sums, which has prompted criticism from high profile artists such as Adele and Ed Sheeran.

Last month, secondary tickets website Viagogo was accused of “moral repugnance” after it was found reselling tickets to an Ed Sheeran cancer charity concert for up to £5,000 ($6,100).

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