Russian social media site Vkontakte has won a copyright case brought against it by local label Soyuz. The court ruled that Vkontakte was not responsible for 60 tracks (controlled by Soyuz) that had been uploaded by users of the site. In a significant ruling it also said that Vkontakte was “unable to monitor all content uploaded by users and determine if any copyright infringement takes place”, placing the onus on copyright holders to identify if and where their copyrights were being infringed. Interesting, Vkontakte lost a similar case brought against it last year by Gal Records. It’s not all bad news, however, for the record companies as Vkontakte has said it plans to launch a paid music service in Russia and is in licensing talks with labels.

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