2023 New York Laws
ACA - Arts and Cultural Affairs
Title G - Regulation of Sale of Theatre Tickets
Article 25 - Tickets to Places of Entertainment
25.24 - Ticket Purchasing Software.

§  25.24.  Ticket purchasing software. 1. The term " ticket purchasing
software" shall mean, any machine, device, computer program or  computer
software  that,  on  its own or with human assistance, bypasses security
measures or  access  control  systems  on  a  retail  ticket  purchasing
platform,  or  other  controls or measures on a retail ticket purchasing
platform that assist in implementing a limit on the  number  of  tickets
that  can  be  purchased,  to  purchase  tickets.  For  purposes of this
section, the term "retail  ticket  purchasing  platform"  shall  mean  a
retail  ticket  purchasing  website, application, phone system, or other
technology platform used to sell tickets.

2. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or other entity to utilize ticket purchasing software to purchase tickets.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or other entity to knowingly resell or offer to resell a ticket that such person, firm, corporation or other entity knows was obtained using ticket purchasing software and was not obtained for their own use or the use of their invitees, employees, or agents.

3. (a) Any person, firm, corporation or other entity who knowingly utilizes ticket purchasing software in order to purchase tickets shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount of no less than one thousand dollars and no more than two thousand five hundred dollars for each such violation and shall forfeit all profits made from the sale of any such unlawfully obtained tickets.

4. Any person, firm, corporation or other entity who intentionally maintains any interest in or maintains any control of the operation of ticket purchasing software to purchase tickets shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount of no less than one thousand dollars and no more than two thousand five hundred dollars for each such violation and shall forfeit all profits made from the sale of any such unlawfully obtained tickets.

5. Any person, firm, corporation or other entity who knowingly resells or offers to resell a ticket that such person, firm, corporation or other entity knows was obtained using ticket purchasing software and was not obtained for their own use or the use of their invitees, employees, or agents shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount of no less than one thousand dollars and no more than two thousand five hundred dollars for each such violation and shall forfeit all profits made from the sale of any such unlawfully obtained ticket.

6. Any person who is subject to a civil penalty under this section and has been assessed a penalty under this section in the previous three years shall be guilty of a violation and may be fined no less than two thousand dollars and no more than ten thousand dollars for each such violation and shall forfeit all profits from the sale of any such unlawfully obtained tickets. In addition, a person convicted of a violation under this section may be required to forfeit any and all equipment used in the unlawful purchasing of tickets.

7. The attorney general shall have jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this section in accordance with the powers granted to him or her by section sixty-three of the executive law.

8. In addition to the power given to the attorney general to enforce the provisions of this section, any place of entertainment, as defined by section 23.03 of this chapter, or any aggrieved party that has been injured by wrongful conduct prescribed by this section may bring an action to recover all actual damages suffered as a result of any of such wrongful conduct. The court in its discretion may award damages up to three times the amount of actual damages. The court may enjoin the respondent from any and all activity prohibited under this section. The court may also award reasonable attorney's fees and costs.

9. Any person, firm, corporation or other entity who for the purpose of selling or offering to sell tickets in order to derive a profit therefrom (i) intentionally utilizes ticket purchasing software to purchase such tickets, (ii) intentionally maintains any interest in or maintains any control of the operation of ticket purchasing software which is used to purchase such tickets, or (iii) knowingly resells or offers to resell a ticket that such person, firm, corporation or other entity knows was obtained using ticket purchasing software and was not obtained for their own use or the use of their invitees, employees, or agents, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

10. Any person, firm, corporation or other entity who is a licensee under this article who is adjudicated guilty of the following acts may lose their license and may be barred from licensure under this article for a period not to exceed three years to be determined by the department of state pursuant to section 25.31 of this article if such licensee: (a) knowingly utilized ticket purchasing software in order to purchase tickets; (b) knowingly resold or offered to resell a ticket that such licensee knew was obtained using ticket purchasing software; or (c) intentionally maintained any interest in or maintained any control of the operation of ticket purchasing software to purchase tickets.

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