IFPI applauds Russian piracy ruling

The IFPI today welcomed the latest in a series of rulings by Russian courts against vKontakte, the country’s  social networking site which facilitates the mass distribution of copyright infringing music.

The Arbitration Court of St Petersburg and Leningrad this week ordered vKontakte to pay damages of 550,000 roubles (€13,718) to SBA Gala Records, an independent Russian record label and licensed distributor for EMI Music’s international repertoire, for its role in facilitating the illegal distribution of 11 unlicensed sound recordings online. ...

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