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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Bootleg benefit

Who said bootleggers never benefitted the record industry. Oh yeah. I think that was the record industry, its own scary self. But, according to Bob Geldof, scary rocker in his own right, it sounds like bootleggers were the energy, in a roundabout way, behind the 20th anniversary release of Live Aid on four DVDs:

"People were buying it all over eBay," Geldof says irritably, referring to the bootleg copies of the 1985 Live Aid broadcast that have circulated in recent years. "We tried stopping it with eBay – they refused, the fuckers. I got one pirate and put him in jail for three years. Without being corny, people like that are taking food out of people's mouths. It's as direct as that. When you buy it now, you're putting it back in." (Rolling Stone: Geldof Rings In Christmas | Band Aid architect talks Christmas past, present and future)

Three years in prison! Everybody should know what Live Aid is and was, even if they don't remember it.

Actually, it should be noted that the 20th anniversary release isn't really going to benefit the record industry. I don't think it is, anyway. Read the article. Geldof isn't always easy to follow.

Posted by Marie at December 4, 2004 12:25 AM