Russian social network vKontakte has failed in its appeal against a ruling earlier this year that it is liable for copyright infringement. A case had been brought against the company by EMI subsidiary Gala Records Music Group, as well as SBA Music Publishing and SBA Production, alleging that vKontakte was responsible for illegal sharing of their works on its network. The Saint Petersburg appeal court has now upheld that initial ruling, eliciting a delighted reaction from the IFPI. “This judgment sends a clear signal to those in Russia that seek to build their businesses on the back of other people’s content,” says chief executive Frances Moore. “We urge vKontakte to take immediate steps to stop its service being used to infringe copyright on a massive scale.”

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