E-Commerce: Ontario Government to Review Ticket Hunting Bots, May Impose New Rules

In an interesting development, the Ontario Government announced earlier today that it was reviewing the rules for the purchase and sale of online tickets in an effort to give consumers a fairer chance at buying sporting, theatre and other event tickets online and to potentially further regulate ticket re-sellers.

In making the announcement, Ontario’s Attorney General said:

“Like so many people across Ontario, I love going to the great shows and events this province has to offer. I also know how frustrating it is to see the tickets you want sell out right away, only to see them pop up for resale at double the price. That isn’t fair – and it isn’t right. That’s why the government is calling on fans across Ontario to help us change the rules so that we all have a fair shot at getting the tickets we want.”

The Government’s new initiative to review online ticket sales consists of an online public consultation (open until March 15th) focused on four areas: access, affordability, transparency and enforcement, input from industry representatives (e.g., artists and representatives from the entertainment industry) and input on the Ontario Ticket Speculation Act.

For more information, see Putting Fans First in Ontario: Province Consulting on Ways to Give People a Fair Shot at Getting Tickets.

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