The UK could be in line for the toughest anti-secondary ticketing regime yet, thanks to amendments being suggested to a digital economy bill that is currently making its way through the Westminster system.

“Among them is a rule that would stop anyone reselling a ticket unless they have been authorised in writing to do so by the event organiser,” explained the Guardian.

“The offence would carry a maximum fine of £5,000 and this could wipe out the potential profit on resale of a ticket if it is rigidly enforced.”

The amendments also include the punishment of up to a year in prison for using bot software to buy tickets to sell on to the secondary market, and “court action to remove tickets advertised for sale if the seller does not provide sufficient information about the ticket, while touts could also be forced to hand over any profit”.

These are just proposals for now though: they will be debated in the House of Lords this week, and there may be more parliamentary twists and turns to go before the bill becomes law.

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