The 33 (Formerly) Trapped Chilean Miners Have A Contract to Stop Any Individual From Profiting at the Expense of the Group

ChileMinersInteresting way to deal with a horrible situation that these fellas found themselves into. Glad to see the rescue operation is going well, Godspeed. Fiona Govan writes in the Telegraph:

The 33 trapped Chilean miners have moved to stop any individual from profiting at the expense of the group, drawing up a legal contract to share the proceeds from the story of their ordeal.

The men have called in a lawyer to draw up a contract ensuring they will equally profit from the lucrative media deals they expect to secure for sharing the story of their two month survival in the hope that they never have to work again.

The group have already rejected requests for interviews and have instead made plans to jointly write a book about the days spent trapped below the Atacama Desert following the mine collapse on August 5.

The details of the discussions between the men were disclosed in a letter by one of the miners to his wife.

“We have received offers to be filmed and interviewed by national television,” Yonni Barrios, 50, wrote in the letter sent up to the surface last week. “But we didn’t accept because we are going to form a foundation and all our daily experiences during our time down here will go into a book and other projects.”

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  • blahblahblah

    That’s great, but there is one issue to this article that may go unnoticed by most: they received requests to be interviewed and put on film WHILE STILL TRAPPED IN THE MINE. These news agencies couldn’t wait, oh, I don’t know, UNTIL THEY WERE RESCUED to start asking them to do interviews and make films? I would think pulling them out alive would be more of a priority than securing lucrative media deals, but I guess this goes to show how money dominates all aspects of life.

    • Haystack

      And the miners, likewise, where apparently sitting in the dark talking over how to divide the proceeds from their story. What kind of book is that gonna make?

      “On day 20 of our ordeal, we discussed who we would like to play us in the movie about our lives. It was decided that some of us should fight amongst ourselves in order to create conflict and dramatic tension. Antonio will then give a rousing speech about the perseverance, the human spirit, and how rich we will get off of ticket sales.”

      • Kitchenwitch

        You have to talk about something when trapped in the dark together for months. I bet the average American would have that discussion on day 3.

        • Haystack

          Oh hell yeah. I’m not trashing the miners; I just find irony in the way that that media economics saturate everything w do.

          • gemmarama

            i’m surprised nobody sent cameras down in the first week and turned it into some kinda “big brother”-style reality tv show, in which viewers voted each miner out in order of preference…

  • blahblahblah

    That’s great, but there is one issue to this article that may go unnoticed by most: they received requests to be interviewed and put on film WHILE STILL TRAPPED IN THE MINE. These news agencies couldn’t wait, oh, I don’t know, UNTIL THEY WERE RESCUED to start asking them to do interviews and make films? I would think pulling them out alive would be more of a priority than securing lucrative media deals, but I guess this goes to show how money dominates all aspects of life.

  • Haystack

    And the miners, likewise, where apparently sitting in the dark talking over how to divide the proceeds from their story. What kind of book is that gonna make?

    “On day 20 of our ordeal, we discussed who we would like to play us in the movie about our lives. It was decided that some of us should fight amongst ourselves in order to create conflict and dramatic tension. Antonio will then give a rousing speech about the perseverance, the human spirit, and how rich we will get off of ticket sales.”

  • Kitchenwitch

    You have to talk about something when trapped in the dark together for months. I bet the average American would have that discussion on day 3.

  • Haystack

    Oh hell yeah. I’m not trashing the miners; I just find irony in the way that that media economics saturate everything w do.

  • gemmarama

    i’m surprised nobody sent cameras down in the first week and turned it into some kinda “big brother”-style reality tv show, in which viewers voted each miner out in order of preference…