So-called ‘bot’ software, which allows individuals to snap up tickets in bulk via websites and then post them on secondary online marketplaces at inflated prices, is available to buy on the internet, according to the UK’s Daily Mirror newspaper.

The report said that the technology is available to buy online via hundreds of different places online, with the software available for “a few hundred pounds”.

Under an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill that has been put forward to the UK’s House of Lords, those found guilty of using such technology could face a year in jail or fines of up to £5,000 (€5,900/$6,300).

According to a report by the Guardian newspaper last week, a further amendment being proposed could see secondary websites and internet service providers face prosecution unless they have written permission for selling tickets from event organisers.