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Downtown Music and Kobalt suspend operations in Russia

Yesterday's announcements from Sony Music, WMG and FUGA were swiftly followed by the two companies revealing their plans.
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Webinar: Key Alternative Platforms for Global Music Marketing

Date: 21 July 2021 Time: 5 pm BST Platforms like Instagram, Facebook and TikTok are used in virtually every artist marketing campaign – but to unlock international or niche audiences, you’ll need to engage with...
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Music marketing focus: Russia and Eastern Europe

The final day of Music Ally's Sandbox Summit Global online conference last week started with a session exploring trends in Russia and Eastern Europe. Vladimir Yurchenko, international marketing manager at Warner Music...
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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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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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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 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.
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VKontakte’s music service and the $0.40-a-year Russian consumer

VKontakte, the biggest social network in Russia, has had a mixed relationship with the music industry, with it being attacked in the past as a major piracy portal and subjected to lawsuits. How times change and it is now...
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vKontakte doesn’t want to be called a ‘piracy’ site

Fresh from signing a licensing deal with Universal Music to complete its set of the major labels, Russian social network vKontakte is hitting back at any suggestions the catalogue of user-uploaded music on its service make...
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vKontakte music sub to cost ‘the same as a cup of coffee’

If you needed any more proof that Russian social network vKontakte is on a path from friend to foe for the music industry, witness the appearance of all three labels on a panel event at its VK Fest conference.
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Report claims UMG closing in on vKontakte licensing deal

Russian social network vKontakte has been a controversial entity for the music industry thanks to songs being shared on its platform. Its launch of a licensed (by Sony Music and Warner Music) streaming app in May was a big...
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vKontakte launches a (licensed!) music-streaming app

Russian social network vKontakte has launched a new app for streaming music, capitalising on its growing number of music licensing deals. The company has courted controversy – and lawsuits – within the music industry...