MI2N
Music Industry News Network
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27TH
Advanced Search
MusicDish Advertising Network
Subscribe to Mi2N's Free Newsletters B2N (business) i2N (indie)
HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Business News (more headlines) 02-16-2014

U.S. Government Names Russia's VKontakte Among Worst Piracy Offenders

Bookmark and Share

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) identified Russian social networking site vKontakte as one of the worst "notorious markets" for piracy, according to a report. This marks the fourth time in a row the Russian site has been listed as a "notorious market" by the USTR.

With more than 80 million registered users and 35 million unique Russian visitors every month, vKontakte is the most popular online social network in Russia. It is also available to a wider international audience in many languages, including English. According to Alexa, the site is the 22nd most popular site worldwide and the 2nd most popular site in Russia.

From the report:

vKontakte.com (also operating as vK.com): The Russian site vKontakte.com, in the List since 2011, is styled primarily as a social networking site, and it is extremely popular in Russia and 11 surrounding countries. While as a general matter, social networking sites can serve many salutary purposes, this site's business model appears to include enabling the unauthorized reproduction and distribution, including streaming, of music and other content through the site and associated software applications.

"VKontakte has clearly made a cold, calculated business decision to forego licenses and serve up access to infringing music," said Neil Turkewitz, EVP, International RIAA. "Given the number of registered member accounts, the scale of damage to the Russian domestic and international music community is staggering. For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. government has called out vKontakte. We hope that vKontakte's new management will quickly distance itself from its predecessors and will either become a licensed distributor of music or dismantle its infringing music service. There have been some reports that vKontakte plans to launch an IPO in the U.S. The firm's track record on these issues will undoubtedly be thoroughly scrutinized by regulators, exchanges and investors before any access to the U.S. markets is considered."

The site's music functionality enables users to upload and share music and video files via profile pages, which includes hundreds of thousands of unlicensed copyright works. Its dedicated content search engine enables all other members of VK to search for and instantly stream infringing content uploaded by any other user. In addition, third party software developers have distributed mobile applications that enable non-VK members, via their smartphones, to search for and download unlicensed works available on the site.

"As a bright spotlight shines on Russia for the Sochi Olympics, it is the perfect time for vKontakte to demonstrate that it is part of a new Russia that protects intellectual property, and that fuels creativity rather than stifling it."

Bookmark and Share

back | top



MusicDish Advertising Network

Mi2N Music PR

New Island Entertainment Presents Second Hand Rose @ New York's Santos Party House

Award Winning AC / Pop Artist Jimmy White Secures Track In Canadian Independent Movie

Canadian WCMA Nominated DJ Soulier Performs At Beijing's Award-Winning DDC

Dyne Side Is Officially The First Winner Of The Muzicol Revolution

Heavy Russia: Young Metal Act "Gravity Rain" Announce Crowdfunder For "Artifacts Of Balance"

Are You A Professional Musician Or Talented Composer? Help Xhail Find You

Vocalist/Songwriter Halie Loren Explores Transformation And Self-Realization On Soulful Release, Butterfly Blue - Available June 9 Via Justin Time Records

Eurovision Contestant Tamar Kaprelian Releases New Single "Yours To Keep" On EP Through Killer Tracks' Artists Series



MusicDish*China Song Blast
Promote Your Music Single In China

News Headlines
Mi2N EDITOR'S PICKS
» MMF Canada Announce New Travel Bursary For Ontario Managers
» Rocktron Introduces New Hush Product
» BLACHAWK RECORDS TO RELEASE NEW COMPILATION CD “THE MOVEMENT” THIS SUMMER!
» Barefoot Launches "Masters Of The Craft" Video Series
» Rdio Launches "Rdio Select"
» ASCAP Appoints Clara Kim As EVP And General Counsel
» Are You A Professional Musician Or Talented Composer? Help Xhail Find You
» Canadian WCMA Nominated DJ Soulier Performs At Beijing's Award-Winning DDC
» POPULAR CCM GROUP THE KATINAS RELEASES NEW SINGLE
» NY Artist JES Debuts ThingLink Interactive Video With ITunes Store Inside Facebook Timeline


Get your music news covered...
Have your press release written
by the pros at Mi2N

Articles
MUSICDISH E-JOURNAL
» MusicDish*China Tours, Signing, NYCxDesign And Planetrox
» Award-Nominated DJ Soulier Performs At Beijing's Award-Winning DDC
» Second Hand Rose "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour
» CMW Live Touring Summit: Interview With Elliott Lefko
» Online Chinese Music Video Platform Yinyuetai Raises $35 Million In Funding
» Founder Of Beijing Oi! Punk And MiSanDao Front Man Passes Away
» The New Wave Of Chinese Contemporary Art: Identity, Irreverence And Forward-Looking
» Tommy Hilfiger New Store Opening In Beijing, China
» Stones Fans Rejoice - 2015 Tour Dates Announced
» INTRO Electronic Music Festival: Interview With DJ Weng Weng
» VUE Audiotechnik Establishes VUE China
» March 28, 2015: A Black Day For Yaogun (Chinese Rock)

Mi2N's Music PR distribution service guarantees online exposure for your press release. Choose from seven (7) different packages.


HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Copyright © 1997-2015 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.