Pirates have already begun selling illegal video copies of Saturday's Live 8 performances, record label trade association the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) warned today.

The body has also begun to apply pressure against online auction giant eBay to persuade that company to "step-up its anti-piracy efforts". This is because the BPI found "thousands of copies" of the concert available for sale after the event.

BPI Director of Anti-Piracy David Martin said: "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. Sadly we are not at all surprised by this incident."

Sink the video pirates

In March 2004 a joint BPI/IFPI investigation led to the arrest of a pirate who had been selling counterfeit Live Aid DVDs.

Martin added "We would ask music buyers to remain vigilant at all times and to report any incidents of piracy like this directly to us on our Anti-Piracy Hotline on 020 7803 1332"

In 2004 the BPI arranged for the removal of 14,318 illegal auctions up from 5,649 in 2003. With more than 13,000 actions removed so far this year, BPI investigators expect the problem to double in 2005.

Martin added: "We would like to see online auction sites introduce far more effective methods to prevent the illegal sale of fakes. It's far too easy for these people to cash in, and if caught they get another two warnings. Auction sites must move to expel music pirates permanently, and with immediate effect."