Scum!Byline: By Jamie Diffley
Geldof hits out as Live 8 tickets sold on internet
Money-grabbing winners of Live 8 tickets are touting touting
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The charity concerts are one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year with artists lined up including Paul McCartney Noun 1. Paul McCartney - English rock star and bass guitarist and songwriter who with John Lennon wrote most of the music for the Beatles (born in 1942)
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More than two million people entered a text lottery to get one of the 150,000 tickets for the event at London's Hyde Park Hyde Park, park, London, England
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But winners from across the North East are now cashing in by selling their tickets on eBay.
Furious organiser Bob Geldof today hit out the touts as a disgrace calling the sellers "wretches".
Hundreds of people have put their tickets up for sale after being told they won yesterday.
The Chronicle found 11 being sold by winners in the region.
New ones were coming up all the time.
One seller going under the name of `Bloory32' is not inviting bids under pounds 500.
Buyers can snap it up outright for pounds 1,500. At the time of going to press no bids had been received.
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But eBay bosses said they were powerless to stop sellers cashing in.
A spokesman said: "The reselling of charity concert tickets is not illegal under UK law, so Live 8 tickets are allowed to be resold on ebay.co.uk.
"As we do not wish to profit from this event, we have offered to make a donation to the Live 8 organisers at least equivalent to the fees we collect from the sale of Live8 tickets.
"We are allowing the tickets because we live in a free market where people can make up their own minds about what they would like to buy and sell.
"A ticket to the Live 8 concert is no different from a prize won in a raffle run by another charity.
"What the winner chooses to do with it is up to them.
"eBay believes it is a fundamental right for someone to be able to sell something that is theirs whether they paid for it or won it in a competition."
But Geldof ( the man behind Britain's biggest ever charity concert ( said it was an outrage.
He is said to be threatening a High Court order to stop the practice. He wants a worldwide boycott of the site, branding it "an electronic pimp".
Geldof said: "I am sick with this. It is completely against the interests of the poor. The people who are selling it are wretches.
"But far worse is the corporate culture which capitalises on people's misery."