Public prosecutors in Taiwan have filed criminal charges against Kuro, which is understood to be the country's largest peer-to-peer file-trading service. Kuro's managers--chairman Chen Shou-teng, CEO

Public prosecutors in Taiwan have filed criminal charges against Kuro, which is understood to be the country's largest peer-to-peer file-trading service. Kuro's managers--chairman Chen Shou-teng, CEO James Chen and his brother, GM Victor Chen--were charged Thursday with copyright violation. A user was also charged.

IFPI Taiwan had filed a complaint with the criminal prosecutor earlier in the year, alleging that Kuro was knowingly aiding and abetting copyright infringement for profit. According to the IFPI, the Kuro service can offer more than 5 million music files on its network at any one time. Kuro claims half a million subscribers who pay $2.90 per month for access to the network.

Separately, Taipei prosecutors are understood yesterday to have indicted the CEO of popular P2P service EZpeer for copyright infringement. Industry sources tell Bulletin that Wu Yi-da was formally charged by the Shihlin prosecutors office in Taipei. EZpeer claims 300,000 subscribers.