Russian social network vKontakte has been a fixture on ‘notorious’ piracy markets lists provided by Western rightsholders for some time now. However, this week the company signed a memorandum of […]
Russian social network vKontakte has long been a bugbear for the music industry on piracy grounds, but the company is currently in turmoil for other reasons. Its founder Pavel Durov […]
vKontakte, the social network with 88m registered users in Russia and 143m globally, is being sued in three separate cases filed by Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner […]
Social media platform vKontakte – dubbed “the Facebook of Russia” – is putting measures in place to be declassified as a rogue site by the US Trade Representative
Much of the concern around recent management changes at Russian social network vKontakte have focused on free speech, but the IFPI hopes they may also signify a change in approach to copyright.
Russian social network vKontakte may be starting 2014 with a new set of legal problems, following reports late last year that EMI,
The MPAA has listed over two dozen pirate sites that it wants the US government to tackle head on.
Russian social media site Vkontakte has won a copyright case brought against it by local label Soyuz.
vKontakte continues to provoke the ire of creative industry rightsholders for the filesharing aspects of its service.
Filesharing sites Torrentz.eu, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent and FilesTube are set to be blocked by British ISPs from 30 October.
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 (Bulletin, 18-Jun-13)
Big things are afoot in Russia, where social network vKontakte appears to have started deleting a range of copyrighted tracks uploaded by its users, in response to requests by rightsholders.
Several reports on local news sites (for example here, here and here) note that songs by artists including Lana Del Rey, Justin Bieber, the Rolling Stones, Shakira and Adele are being “removed from public access due to the treatment of owner” (in Google Translate’s words).
This is a big deal, because vKontakte has long been a copyright villain in the eyes of the music industry thanks to the proliferation of user-uploaded tracks on its service.