Russian Government Provides Details of Collection Society Overhaul 

As the fight for control of Russia’s collecting industry continues, the economic development ministry, the main advocate of state control over the sector, has revealed specifics of its proposals.

The agency sent to first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov, who is overseeing the reform of the country’s royalty collection system, two possible scenarios for government control of the sector, the business daily Vedomosti has reported.

Source: Russian Government Provides Details of Collection Society Overhaul | Billboard

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This deal will change everything for the music business in Russia

In recent months Russia’s once sin-binned social network, vKontakte, has inked licensing deals with Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, in part to power a new mobile subscription streaming app.

Today, bringing to a close a two-year lawsuit against VK, Universal has announced that it’s done the same. The major has reached a settlement with VK parent Mail.ru and licensed its social media platforms – VK, Odnoklassniki and My World – for future use of video and audio content from UMG artists like Taylor Swift.

Source: This deal will change everything for the music business in Russia – Music Business Worldwide