Ticket touts who bulk buy music concert tickets and them re-sell them online will be hit with unlimited fines under new government plans.
The department for culture, media and sport (DCMS) is making it illegal for touts to hack ticket-buying websites to buy more than the maximum amount of concert tickets normally available to consumers.
Tickets bought in this manner are often sold on through secondary websites at a premium, a practice that has been criticised by artists such as Adele and Ed Sheeran.
In one particularly bad case, website Viagogo was slammed for selling £5,000 tickets to an Ed Sheeran gig that was being put on to raise money for a teenage cancer charity.
The government is following up on measures put forward in a review by Professor Michael Waterson, who said mass online ticket purchasing "deprives consumers".
Organisers should seriously consider requirements for individuals to prove they are indeed individuals by means such as confirmed identity technologies.
Whilst I accept that primary sellers are in the market to sell tickets, they have longer term interests in ensuring the public feels well served.