Arts and Cultural Affairs - Regulation of Sale of Theatre Tickets - Tickets to Places of Entertainment - Ticket websites

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* § 25.34. Ticket websites. 1. As used in this section:

(a) "Ticket website" means an internet website advertising the sale of
tickets, offering the sale of such tickets, or facilitating a secondary
ticket exchange.

(b) "URL" means the uniform resource locator for a website on the

2. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person or other entity to, with
intent to mislead or deceive, own, operate, or control a ticket website
for an event scheduled at a place of entertainment to use a subdomain or
domain name in a ticket website's URL that contains:

(i) the name of the place of entertainment, provided that this
paragraph shall not preclude the use of general terms to depict a
geographical location or venue category;

(ii) the name of the specific event, including the name of a person or
entity scheduled to perform or appear at the event; or

(iii) a name substantially similar to those in subparagraph (i) or
(ii) of this paragraph.

(b) Paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall not apply if the person is
acting on behalf of, and with the consent of, the place of
entertainment, event, artist or sports team for which the website is
being created.

3. Any person, firm, corporation or other entity who intentionally
owns, operates, or controls such ticket website shall be subject to a
civil penalty in an amount of no more than one thousand five hundred
dollars for each such violation.

4. Any person who is subject to a civil penalty under this section and
has been assessed a penalty under this section in the previous three
years shall be assessed a civil penalty of no more than five thousand
dollars for each such violation.

5. The attorney general shall have jurisdiction to enforce the
provisions of this section in accordance with the powers granted to him
or her by section sixty-three of the executive law.

* NB Repealed July 1, 2022