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unlimited fines for bulk buying ticket touts

image copyrightgetty imagesonline touts who bulk buy tickets and sell them for inflated prices will face unlimited fines under government plans.an amendment to the digital economy bill means it will be illegal to use "bots" to bypass limits on the maximum amount of tickets that can be bought. tickets purchased by bots can appear on secondary websites at prices many times greater than their face value. a department for culture, media and sport (dcms) spokesman said the profiteering was "simply not fair".high profile artists such as adele and ed sheeran have previously criticised the touts and asked their fans not to buy tickets from secondary sites.last month, resale site viagogo was accused of "moral repugnance" for selling tickets to an ed sheeran teenage cancer trust gig for up to £5,000.and an £85 ticket to see adele at the o2 in london last year was reportedly being sold for £24,840.as part of the touting crackdown, ministers will accept in full the recommendations of a review by professor michael waterson.in the report, he suggested ticket sellers should have tougher anti-bot measures in place with a facility to report bot attacks, stronger enforcement of existing consumer rights laws, and the threat of further action if the industry does not act against rogue ticket traders.ed sheeran angry after his tour tickets end up on secondary sitesthe government said it wants the big companies in the secondary ticket market to do more to identify ticket touts and differe...