There’s been a lot of speculation this year about Russian social network vKontakte’s plans to tackle copyright infringement on its service, with reports in June that the company was pro-actively removing music from major labels including UMG that had been uploaded by users. Now an anti-piracy company called Muso has stepped forward claiming to have signed a deal with vKontakte that will see it monitoring the social network for infringing tracks, and automatically sending takedowns. “We are very happy to have agreed a system of implementing the removal of infringing content with VK.com,” said Muso’s music services division boss Andy Chatterley in a statement. It’s unclear how deep the partnership goes beyond takedown filings, and how (if it all) it relates to what vKontakte was already doing with major labels in Russia earlier in the summer. Muso’s existing clients include Beggars Group, PIAS and Loopmasters, so it does have a track record in this area.

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