Yandex, “the Russian Google,” has introduced restrictions on user-generated content of its music service amidst piracy concerns, although the company has denied a connection.
Two months ago, Yandex.Music, Russia’s largest music streaming service, added a new option, which allows users to upload music tracks and share them with other users. However, as of earlier this month, users can still upload music tracks but can no longer share uploaded music with anybody.
Previously, some rights holders expressed concerns that the sharing of track uploaded by users may lead to illegitimate distribution of music, making Yandex.Music similar to VKontakte, Russia’s largest social network.
VKontakte has been involved in numerous court battles over copyright violation by users who until recently could freely uploaded copyrighted tracks.