"VKontakte" is successful in action
The dispute with Warner Music was the last massive lawsuit of «VKontakte" with the international music rightholders.
"VKontakte" won in court from Warner Music on the claim of illegal distribution of music in the social network.
The court dismissed the plaintiff's claims related to the removal of the disputed tracks and the payment of compensation in the amount of 20,4 million rubles. The trial against "VKontakte" in the spring of 2014 was initiated by three record labels: Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music UK. The lawsuits were filed in the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. The amount of claims for infringement of exclusive rights to phonogram was initially 51 million rubles.
Last summer "VKontakte" has concluded with Sony Music Russia an amicable settlement, litigation with Universal Music also ended in favor of the social network: March 2, the court dismissed all of the plaintiff's claim (removal of copies of 13 tracks and 15.6 million rubles compensation.)