The only thing more overwhelming than Hamilton‘s critical reception is its ticket prices, and creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda has an idea why that is: robots. On Tuesday morning, the New York Times published a piece by Miranda detailing how brokers use ticket-purchasing bots to hoard in-demand tickets and resell them at huge markup rates.
“Incredibly, ticket bots are already illegal under New York law and their use is subject to civil penalties,” Miranda wrote. “But the markup on resale tickets is so lucrative, earning brokers millions of dollars per year, that they happily risk prosecution and treat civil penalties as the cost of business.”
Miranda goes on to share how lawmakers are working to combat the issue of ticket bots: The New York Assembly is drafting a bill that will create steeper penalties for anyone knowingly reselling tickets purchased by a bot. Miranda urges lawmakers to pass the bill, and even says that the practice should be treated as a felony because a fine won’t deter wealthy brokers from engaging in the lucrative ticket bot scheme.
“I want you to be there when the curtain goes up,” Miranda wrote in conclusion. “You shouldn’t have to fight robots just to see something you love.”
Read his whole piece here.