VK features an advanced search engine, that allows complex queries for finding friends, as well as a real-time news search. As of October 2016 the site is available in 83 languages, while advertisements are only shown in the Russian and Ukrainian versions.
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.
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.
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 00 for not being active enough in regard to copyrighted materials.
On October 2013, VKontakte was cleared of copyright infringement charges by a court in Saint Petersburg.
The judge ruled that the social network is not responsible for the content uploaded by its users.
As a countermeasure, antigate was detecting whether iframe was loaded from VK and if it were antigate had redirected request to x Hamster, a well-known porn site.
In November 2014, the head of The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, Maxim Ksenzov, said that Vkontakte will complete the process of legalization of the content at the beginning of 2015.
At that time (November, 2014), negotiations between major labels companies and the social network Vkontakte were ongoing.
VK also has tools for managing online communities and celebrity pages.
The site allows its users to upload, search and stream media content, such as videos and music.Notable examples include the international celebrities like Tiësto, In 2008, the leading Russian television channel RTR sued VKontakte (then VK) over unlicensed copies of two of its films which had been uploaded by VK users.