18 06 13

Russian social network vKontakte removing copyrighted music tracks

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Big things are afoot in Russia, where social network vKontakte appears to have started deleting a range of copyrighted tracks uploaded by its users, in response to requests by rightsholders.

Several reports on local news sites (for example here, here and here) note that songs by artists including Lana Del Rey, Justin Bieber, the Rolling Stones, Shakira and Adele are being “removed from public access due to the treatment of owner” (in Google Translate’s words).
This is a big deal, because vKontakte has long been a copyright villain in the eyes of the music industry thanks to the proliferation of user-uploaded tracks on its service.

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Stuart Dredge
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