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Leading online anti-piracy company MUSO , the independent alternative to the IFPI, announce a world first for online anti-piracy agreeing a deal with Russian social networking site VK.com. An alternative to Facebook, the site boasts 250 million users. VK is the second most visited website in Russia and is seen as their most important channel for social media marketing. The problem for rights owners is that the site is also widely used as a portal to allow free and easy access to one of the world’s largest archives of unlicensed music and video, with a reported 77% of files being unauthorized. This results in having a devastating financial impact across the global music industry costing potentially up to 1 billion USD to rights owners.

“This is a landmark day for anti piracy across the music industry. This agreement, which affects...

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