GELDOF LEADS POLICE TO SUSPECTED LIVE AID PIRATE

The star is said to be "sickened" after a man is accused of selling copies of the 1985 charity concert over the Internet...

LIVE AID organiser Bob Geldof has led police to a suspected music pirate who is accused of selling DVDs of the 1985 charity concert over the Internet.

Police arrested a man in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, in a raid last week. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said a ten-DVD set was on sale for £110.

According to the BBC, BPI director of anti-piracy Dave Martin said Bob Geldof was “really sickened” to find the DVDs being sold. The man was arrested and bailed without charge pending further enquiries.

Bob Geldof spotted the DVDs on sale at the end of last year and told his lawyers to alert authorities, who launched an investigation. Police and BPI investigators tracked down the site to Skelmersdale and carried out the raid last Thursday (February 26). A PC and a small quantity of Live Aid DVDs were recovered.

Martin confirmed that Bob Geldof was not involved after the initial tip-off.

He added: “Once somebody makes a complaint, they take a step backwards and leave it to the authorities. But I think he felt really sickened by the fact that somebody was making money from these DVDs that should have been going to charity.”