In the same month, the site was subjected to a severe DDo S attack, which briefly put it offline.
In 2010, this dispute was settled by the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court in favour of the social network.
The court ruled that VK is not responsible for its users’ copyright violations, taking into account that both parties agreed with the technical possibility to identify the user who posted illegal content and who, consequently, must incur the liability.
, meaning In Contact) is a Russian-based online social media and social networking service.
It is available in several languages but it is especially popular among Russian-speaking users.
Another ruling early in 2012 went partially in favor of Gala Records (now Warner Music Russia), a recording studio, when the same court ordered VK to pay $7000 for not being active enough in regard to copyrighted materials.
This legal content can be either ad-sponsored, subscription based, or free, depending on the provider's choices.
As with most social networks, the site's core functionality is based around private messaging and sharing photos, status updates and links with friends.
VK also has tools for managing online communities and celebrity pages.
Russian-speaking users can choose between the standard Russian version and two extras: a Soviet version and a Pre-Revolutionary version. telegrams for messages and comrades for friends), these versions contain other easter eggs.
For example, all private messages in the Soviet version have a stamp saying 'passed server censorship'.
VK allows users to message each other publicly or privately, to create groups, public pages and events, share and tag images, audio and video, and to play browser-based games.