Goltsblat BLP: Court Approves Amicable Settlement of Dispute between Sony Music Entertainment and VKontakte


27 July 2015 saw the court hearing of the claim Sony Music Entertainment (major sound recording company) lodged against the VKontakte social network. The legal team from Goltsblat BLР, Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), represented the claimant at the hearing. 

The Goltsblat BLP team, led by Elena Trusova Partner, Dispute resolution/ Intellectual property, included Senior Associates Evgeny Oreshin, Anton Nefedev and Yana Pylaeva. The nearly 2-year court proceedings ended with a settlement agreement on 27 July 2015.

Elena Trusova says: "The court proceedings lasted nearly 2 years. We actively defended the claimant’s interests and glad that amicable settlement was approved."

You might recall that, in April 2014, Sony Music Entertainment LLC, Universal Music LLC and Warner Music UK lodged claims against VKontakte LLC with the St Petersburg and Leningrad Region Arbitration Court, demanding a stop to the violation of related rights to their music files. 

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