Three major music labels sue Russian ‘facebook’

Representatives of Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music UK went to court today in an action against VKontakte – often known as Russian’s Facebook – for music piracy.

VK, founded in 2006, allows users to upload music and videos, among other social-media functions. It has 88 million members in Russia and a further 55 million abroad.

A judge in St Petersburg is seeking to clarify whether the labels are acting together or separately before the case can be allowed to proceed.

You wonder why Facebook hasn’t sued VK for theft and plagiarism. Spot the differences, if any.



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