VKontakte – dubbed Russia’s Facebook – has signed a memorandum of understanding with the territory’s telco watchdog, agreeing to block copyright infringing content on its site.
VKontakte (VK) has developed notoriety over the years as a portal to infringing content as its millions of users illegally upload music and movies to the platform.
Although reports suggest that the site has made efforts to remove infringing content in the past, it was blacklisted as a ‘notorious market’ by the United States Trade Representative.
At the beginning of the month, legal proceedings were filed against the site by major labels.
The memorandum of understanding with Russia’s telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor, has already been signed by 36 websites but VK had refused to sign it up until this point.
As part of the agreement, VK will block infringing content “within a reasonable time” as well as working towards the implementation of fingerprinting technology on its platform.