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Label lawsuits target US ISP and Russian stream-ripping sites

Major labels’s latest copyright lawsuits are fighting on two fronts: the US and Russia. The first concerns a new copyright-infringement liability lawsuit filed against American ISP Cox Communications by Sony Music, Universal...
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vKontakte says it has 1.2m paying subscribers in Russia

It’s not so long since Russian social network vKontakte was one of the primary villains for music rightsholders, on account of its platform being a thriving repository of user-uploaded, unlicensed music. But after signing...
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Yandex and Google targeted in Russia over piracy results

Rightsholders criticising search engines – mainly Google – for returning links to piracy sites in search results isn’t a new thing. But there is a new frontier for it in Russia this month, after local search engine...
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Russian streaming services add restrictions for free users

The first industry push in Russia was to clamp down on pirate and unlicensed music services, persuading some of the highest-profile examples to sign licensing deals. Now we appear to be entering a second phase: to shift...
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Yandex Music strikes deal with Facebook in Russia

Russian music-streaming service Yandex Music has followed western peers like Spotify and Apple Music in launching an integration with Facebook. Like those, its music will now be playable in 30-second clips on the social...
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Digital music trends from Russia, China, Africa and Latin America

The music industry is getting even more excited about emerging markets in 2017, from Latin America to Russia, China and India. A panel at our NY:LON Connect conference today explored some of the challenges and opportunities...
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Russian streaming service Zvooq sues Yandex for poaching

2016 has been a chaotic year for Russia’s music industry, with ructions engulfing the country’s collecting societies. Now two of the biggest players in the Russian music-streaming market are embroiled in a legal dispute....
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vKontakte gets indies licensed through Merlin deal

Russian social network vKontakte has continued its move towards licensed-music legitimacy, thanks to a new deal covering Merlin’s roster of independent labels. The agreement, brokered through United Media Agency, covers...
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Russia could introduce fines for illegal downloading

The Russian authorities have been cracking down on piracy sites – and in a separate trend, on the country’s own collecting societies – for some time. It seems the Russian government may now be mulling direct action...
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Cooking Vinyl boss: ‘Amazon has more US streams than Apple’

As independent music company Cooking Vinyl embarks on its 30th anniversary celebrations, chairman Martin Goldschmidt has been sharing his views on music-streaming, and particularly the impact it may have in emerging markets. “I...
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Russian collection societies thrash about in a tidal wave of fraud

RSP, a Russian collection society, has cut ties with RAO, another collection society in the country, amid accusations of fraud and corruption.
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Russia may crack down on social-network piracy

It’s probably a good time for Russian social network vKontakte to have sorted its licensing deals with music labels. Why? The Russian government is reportedly planning a new crackdown on piracy through social networks.