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Content owners can block pirated videos on "VKontakte"

0 22 July 2013

pirated videoAs a way to end the disputes with the largest video content owners in Russia, the management of the social network "VKontakte" has decided to provide them with the right to block pirated video content without having to refer to the administration of the social network. 

Companies such as Ivi.ru, «Amedia", "First Channel", "CTC Media" and several others now have the right to add their video content on the social network via their own video players, as well as the ability to block pirated copies. 

Until recently, only the company Web Kontrol, specializing in copyright protection on the Internet, reserved such as right. Last week, however, "VKontakte" announced the termination of its cooperation with this intermediary due to "lack of confidence."

Web Kontrol has been reputed the top contender for the role of a one-stop service for the monitoring of illegal content on the internet, proposed by the Russian Federal Service for the Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (ROSKOMNADZOR). As of now, Web Kontrol will only be in charge of searching for illegal video content.  

This development comes as a further effort in the combat against piracy on the internet, and in preparation towards the law against pirated video content that will come into force starting August 1st. 

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