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Canadian province to outlaw ticket bots

Ontario attorney-general Yasir Naqvi has announced plans to ban ticket-buying software, building on a bill introduced by Sophie Kiwala

By IQ on 21 Oct 2016

Yasir Naqvi, attorney-general of Ontario, RadPBar

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Ontario is to ban ticket bots, its chief legal advisor has revealed.

The proposed legislation, announced yesterday by the Canadian province’s attorney-general, Yasir Naqvi, builds on a private member’s bill introduced earlier this month by Sophie Kiwala, the member of the provincial parliament (MPP) for Kingston and Islands.

“I want to see what kind of solutions we can put in place”

Naqvi (pictured), who is also MPP for Ottawa Centre, tells the Canadian Press he intends to consult with consumer groups, music industry figures and politicians in other territories, such as New York (where attorney-general Eric Schneiderman has taken a tough line on those caught using ticket-buying software), when drawing up the new law.

“I want to see what kind of solutions we can put in place,” he explains. “New York and London are bigger markets than us, and they’re struggling with the same thing.”


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