Live 8 hypocracy?

Posted on October 28th, 2005 at 11:49 am

So the Live 8 DVD is coming out on the 7th of November priced at £35. It’s not my cup of tea but I’m sure it’ll sell boat-loads by Christmas.

Bob Geldof BBC pic

Looking at a few sites mentioning the release I see the phrase “A generous royalty from the sales of the Live 8 DVD is set to go to the Band Aid Trust for the relief of hunger and poverty in Africa,” and also, “Live 8 gave the rights to EMI after the music company pledged a hefty donation to the organization.” So I take it that this means EMI and some record shops will profit from this. Nowhere does it say ALL the profits or royalties will go to charity.

Now flash back to June when the tickets were being raffled and Sir Bob (and the rest of the media) had a huge outcry over people selling these tickets on eBay.

BBC: Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof branded the attempted sale of the tickets as “sick profiteering”.. He said people had realised that “the weakest people on our planet” were being exploited and they were “sickened by that”.

I didn’t see the problem of selling tickets on eBay and I dont see the problem of EMI making a profit from selling the DVD but its double standards when Sir Bob condemns one and not the other. Especially when he on the side of the corporation, not the individual.

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