“VKontakte” pirate called the largest resource on the Internet




Two of the largest US organizations that protect the interests of rights holders, the US Trade Representative recommended to leave “VKontakte” in the so-called “list of 301”, which include the US infringers of copyright and related rights. This is reported by Vedomosti .


And the RIAA, MPAA and put “VKontakte” in the list of online pirates by the first number. It is the largest social network in Russia and Russian speaking countries, is a source of illegal distribution of films, television programs and music, – stated in the MPAA. – The site is very popular, search and download content easily implemented, the site supports video streaming via built-in player. ”

MPAA notes that “VKontakte” is available to users in several languages, including English, and is the 23 th most visited website in the world and second in Russia. Audience “VKontakte” was 92.6 million unique visitors in August 2014, 8% more than the year before.

RIAA representatives indicate that the owner of 100% “VKontakte” is Mail.ru Group. It is reported that in “VKontakte” You can find hundreds of thousands of pirated files. “Music service” VKontakte “allows users to download and listen to the files uploaded by other users. This gives the social network unfair competitive advantage over other social networks, which do not give access to unlicensed content, “- said the RIAA.


In addition, third-party developers create mobile applications that provide access to unlicensed content, even those who do not register for the service. All this is noted in the RIAA, giving a competitive advantage “VKontakte” not only in front of other social networks, but also to license music services operating in Russia, – iTunes, Google Music, Deezer, Trava.ru and “Yandeks.Muzyka.”

The lists MPAA and RIAA are present, and other sites, designated as Russian owners: Rapidgator.net, Rutracker.org, Turbobit.net, Mygully.com.

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