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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Live8 and eBay - off to the next round

Bob Geldof has a hard time nowadays. First, he was pissed off that people sold free charity tickets on eBay.

He is even worse off psychologically, that people continue to sell tickets - either as touts in front of Hyde Park - still doing it, although the concert is over, isn't it, it has been shown on TV and hey - who doesn't know THAT? Bob calls them a "fucking disgrace."

Now, visitors start to sell their own Video DVDs on eBay. Made by themselves during the concert.

"Internet auction site eBay said it had begun removing illegal DVD copies of the Live 8 poverty awareness pop concerts from its Web site." The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) uses harsher words: "There are too many people out there who believe music is for stealing, regardless of the wishes of artists and the people who invest in them."

What does this mean? Does it mean that the moment I film a group, I steal their music? That I cannot distribute the songs to friends, and why not sell it, when I think it is good? This is part of the Long Tail, is creating awareness, awareness for Africa and its plight, just like the original intention for the concert was. Bob, I think you are going a bit too far.

(By Asia Business Consulting)