Will Hannah Montana Madness Lead to Tough New Anti-Scalping Laws?

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Will Hannah Montana Madness Lead to Tough New Anti-Scalping Laws?

Thu Feb 28, 2008 @ 10:39AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Hannamontana Someday, we may all look back wistfully on the early 21st Century fad known as Hannah Montana. But until then, pop singer-slash-TV-star Miley Cyrus is shaking up the world of ticket retail. No, we're not talking about that class action suit filed a few months ago from the outraged parents of Montana fans who bought a $29.95 club membership to get concert tickets that never materialized.

In this case, a Hannah Montana "ticket crisis" is prompting state governments like Tennessee's to consider new laws that would prohibit the use of software “bots” to buy up large chunks of concert tickets.

If passed in Tennessee, violators who purchase tickets unfairly will be subject to a Class B misdemeanor, which would be punishable by a fine of $500 or the amount for which tickets are re-sold. Might we suggest an additional punishment: listening to a Hannah Montana album.

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