Stories on South Korean download site Soribada, Innocence Mission, and a donation made by the estate of late "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz.
The prosecutor's office of Seoul, South Korea, has indicted the operators of local peer-to-peer MP3 download site Soribada for copyright infringement, Billboard Bulletin reports. Soribada, which is similar to Napster, has become South Korea's most popular music download service. Local record companies claim that it and other peer-to-peer services have cost the local industry tens of millions of dollars in lost sales.
Named in the indictment are two U.S.-educated brothers, Yang Il-hwan and Yang Jung-hwan, who launched Soribada in May 2000. The Yang brothers weren't detained because neither reaped a sizable economic gain from their operation of the Web site, according to Hwang Kyo-ahn, deputy director of the computer investigation department of the prosecutor's office. Neither brother could be reached for comment.
Soribada will be permitted to continue operating until a final ruling in the case is handed down by the Seoul District Court, Hwang says, adding that the Ministry of Information and Communication also has the authority to shut down the service. A court date has yet to be set.
-- Louis Hau, Seoul