SACRAMENTO September 24, 2013 – The Governor has signed AB 329, legislation authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) that prohibits the use of ticket buying software, also known as bots, to instantly purchase hundreds or even thousands of concert or sports tickets before fans have a chance to buy them.
"Sports events and concerts should be great ways for communities to come together, not for scalpers to make money by rigging our chances of getting tickets at face value," Dr. Pan said. "On behalf of every Californian who loves the performing arts, live sporting events or local festivals, I want to thank Governor Brown for helping to bring a much needed end to the use of these troublesome bots."
Beginning January 1, 2014, AB 329 makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally use software to circumvent a security measure, access control system, or other control or measure on a ticket seller's website.
Dr. Richard Pan is a father, small business owner, UC Davis educator and pediatrician who represents Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt and Lodi in the California State Assembly and serves as Chairman of the Assembly's Committee on Health. Dr. Pan continues to practice medicine at WellSpace Health Oak Park Community Clinic, pursuing his passion for working with families to build healthier communities. Website of Assemblymember Richard Pan: www.asmdc.org/pan
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