The Ministry of the Attorney General announced today that it is reviewing rules for buying and selling event tickets (e.g. sports, music, or theatre) online. We live in a day and age where most of these types of purchases are made by consumers online. Tickets sell out fast, resulting in the resale of tickets at prices that are higher than the original cost.
In an earlier post, “Ontario bill targets ticket resellers/ticket bots“, I referred to the proposed Ontario bill targeting ticket bots, computer software used to purchase large volumes of tickets by bypassing security features that limit the number of tickets that can be purchased in a single transaction.
The Ontario government is asking the public to assist in the development of a new law that would address the process of buying and selling tickets online, for the purpose of increasing fairness and transparency. Members of the public can go to ontario.ca/tickets to complete a survey by March 15, 2017. In addition to the survey, the province is also meeting with stakeholders in the entertainment industry.
The province is seeking feedback on four areas:
- Access – ensuring fair access to buying tickets
- Affordability – addressing resale prices and service charges
- Transparency – increasing the availability of information made available to consumers when buying tickets
- Enforcement – ensuring laws are followed