Love Parade Death Toll Reaches 20

Love Parade Death Toll Reaches 20
As a follow-up to yesterday's report, the number of people who died at last Saturday's Love Parade festival in Germany has reached 20, according to German police. The latest casualty, a 21-year-old German woman, joins the list which includes foreigners from Australia, Bosnia, China, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. (7/27)

UK Music Pirate Ordered To Pay Label Compensation
Judge Inigo Bing of London's Snaresbrook Crown Court ruled today that convicted pirate music distributor Farrah Nissa must pay $263,000 in record company compensation. Nissa and three other co-defendants led an operation that imported an estimated 1.2 million counterfeit CDs into the UK, and were convicted of conspiracy to infringe copyright law in March 2008 following a joint investigation by international trade bodies British Phonographic Industry and IFPI. "Today's ruling shows that when it comes to music piracy crime really does not pay," said Jeremy Banks, IFPI director of antipiracy. (7/27)

Summer Encourages Spontaneous Spending
A new American Express/Echo Research survey conducted in July found 26 percent of all respondents and 43 percent of young professionals under the age of 30 were encouraged to spend money spontaneously during summer. Outings to pools, beaches and amusement parks ranked as the top spontaneous spending category at 63 percent, followed by dinner outings (53 percent), summer wear and accessories (44 percent), happy hour (32 percent), concerts (26 percent), and sporting events (25 percent). (7/27)


 

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