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After the insane price gouging of tickets to this week’s 12–12-12 concert by digital scalpers, New York State Senator Daniel L. Squadron is introducing a bill to make that very thing illegal. The New York Times reports:

“Events like this are about artists donating their time for a good cause,” Senator Squadron said. “Yet today, profiteers are able to co-opt charity events to line their own pockets — creating false ticket shortages for consumers and undermining events meant to help those in need. And that’s simply unacceptable.”

It’s not the first time he’s tried:

He has sponsored legislation in the past to revamp New York’s law on ticket resales to rein in profiteering on all concerts, not just benefit concerts, but those bills have died.

Earlier in the week, Chuck Schumer, everyone’s favorite U.S. Senator from New York, had called for the sites responsible for the scalping to cease and desist. Instead, they donated their profits to the same charity that the 12–12-12 concert was raising money for. Yet again, the New York Times reported:

“Every dollar spent for these concert tickets should go to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy, not to line the pockets of unscrupulous scalpers,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement. “Ticket resale Web sites have the opportunity to make it much more difficult for scalpers to make money off this charitable event, and they should seize it.”




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