Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Live Performance Australia calls for Federal Government to ‘Stop the Bots’

Live Performance Australia calls for Federal Government to ‘Stop the Bots’
May 4, 2017

Claiming that Australia is “missing in action” in the fight against ticket bots, Live Performance Australia (LPA) has renewed its call for the Federal Government to support legislation which outlaws the use of ‘bots’ to buy tickets which are then resold on the secondary market, often at vastly inflated prices.

With new laws criminalising bots have just taken force in the UK overnight, LPA says Australia has failed to keep up with international efforts to combat ‘ticket bots’ which make it harder for genuine fans to buy tickets to popular shows.

Commenting on the problem of bots, LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson stated “ticket bots are a growing problem around the world. They are being used to scoop up large numbers of tickets to popular shows which make it harder for genuine fans to get tickets to see their favourite artists.

“Bot activity also affects the operation of ticketing websites, slowing down performance and making it harder for fans to complete their purchase.

“For some popular shows, bots can make up the majority of visits to online ticketing sites.”

Ticketing companies are making significant investments to combat bot activity, but governments also need to get behind the campaign with effective legislation and enforcement.

Richardson adds “Bots are a problem for all e-commerce businesses not just our industry. This is a global problem and the impact on fans is enormous.

“Ticketmaster has publicly reported that it blocked 5 billion attempts by bots to unfairly access their websites globally in 2015 and bot activity increased by 10% in 2016.

“The UK and US have taken action, but the Turnbull Government is missing in action.

“Bots are a global problem, and Australia should be part of the global response.”

LPA recently expressed its support for Federal Senator Nick Xenophon’s motion to introduce legislation to ban ticket ‘bots’. That motion was supported by the Opposition, the Greens and Senators Lambie and Hinch but was opposed by the Federal Government.

She concluded “fans and artists in Australia - and around the world – should expect the Australian Government to be doing its part to fight the bots and ensure that genuine fans have fairer access to tickets.”

Lower image: Evelyn Richardson

20th April 2017 - CONSUMER NZ INVESTIGATES TICKET RESELLERS

22nd March 2017 - SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR REFORM OF LAWS AGAINST TICKET SCALPING

9th March 2017 - TICKETMASTER DEFENDS RESALE WEBSITE


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

TRISLEYS HYDRAULIC SERVICES

Trisley's Hydraulic Services P/L (THS) are a specialised pool company dealing with all aspects of the commercial swimming pool industry, including the installation and servicing from the smallest…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 

HQH FITNESS

HQH Fitness is an international company that specialises in improving the health, fitness and wellness of people everywhere. We are the South Pacific distributors for Total Gym/GRAVITY Education and…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business