Russia has long been seen as a copyright black hole by the music industry, from the days of unlicensed MP3 stores through to recent concern about music being shared on popular social network vKontakte. Now there’s some better news for rightsholders, with a report that the Russian government is set to crack down on ISPs whose networks are being used for illegal filesharing. According to the article, the Russian Interior Ministry is currently carrying out checks on ISPs, and may bring prosecutions as early as May this year. The news follows a ruling in February this year that vKontakte was liable for copyright infringement in a case brought by two music publishers (Bulletin, 2-Feb-12).

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