What Are the Ticket Scalping Laws in Tennessee?

As of 2015, no laws in Tennessee restrict the scalping of tickets to concerts and sporting events. A 2013 bill attempting to impose greater restrictions on the resale ticket market floundered after facing heavy opposition from critics.

The proposed Fairness in Ticketing Act required brokers to register with the state Department of Commerce and Insurance and disclose the face value and seat location of any tickets offered for sale. It also called for all sellers to include a refund policy to potential buyers and to state whether they were in possession of the tickets.

The Ticketmaster-backed proposal had the support of various performers, concert halls and sports venues, who argued it would cut down on fraudulent ticket sales and unscrupulous ticket scalpers that use deceptive tactics to buy tickets in bulk. The opposition claimed such a proposal would be an infringement of the free market and unfairly target fans by preventing them from selling tickets to events they no longer wished to attend.

A Tennessee law does makes it illegal to use special software for purchasing large quantities of tickets, punishable by $500 per violation or proceeds from the resale, whichever is higher. However, as of November 2014, no one had been prosecuted since the 2008 inception of the law. Other states with anti-bot laws include California, Oregon, Minnesota, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.