VKontakte will try to avoid claims of copyright holders after the release of a new anti-piracy law

    On May 1 of this year, a new version of the anti-piracy law will come into force . Rightholders will be able to block the pirate site forever if they prove the violation of rights in court twice. Now the law will apply to other types of content: music, books, software and so on. The management of the VKontakte network is doing everything to avoid possible claims of copyright holders.

    “I am not aware of the presence in the current regime of significant claims by the copyright holders to VKontakte in the video. We also work on music, ”said VKontakte Executive Director Dmitry Sergeyev.

    However, we recall that VKontakte is included in the list of the largest pirate resources in the world by decision of the US Trade Representation.

    According to Oleg Kolesnikov, director general of the Internet Copyright Association, Roskomnadzor asked not to make a claim on the social network for the first time after the entry into force of the new law. The agency believes that large companies need to be given time to adapt to new conditions.

    The National Federation of the Music Industry (NFMI) does not plan to file new lawsuits against VKontakte. While there is a trial on old complaints. Universal Music , Sony Music, and Warner Music UK filed three lawsuits last year. Universal Music CEO Dmitry Kononov said that a court decision is expected in mid-2015.

    Spokesman for Roskomnadzor Vadim Ampelonsky in an interview with RBC deniedthe existence of any specific instructions regarding the social network: “There are no recommendations regarding this or that site. We comply with the law and we don’t make any distinctions. ”The

    Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Leonid Levin said that the date the amendments came into force was postponed, including at the request of social networks: their representatives stated that they needed time to prepare for implementation legislation.

    In this regard, VKontakte is taking appropriate steps. A few days ago it became known that the social network has disabled the exchange of mp3 files .

    Last year, VKontakte built a clear system for removing pirated content, ”said Oleg Yashin, vice president of the Russian Shield Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. He claims that the waiting time for a response to a complaint about illegal use of content is 5-10 minutes.

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