Soribada was closed in 2002 by court order of Judge Kim Sun-Hye. After this, the program is still being distributed by Soribada, under the utility stipulations that they are not responsible for any of the files. After the trial, on November 5th, 2003, Soribada was reborn with the new name, (株) Soribada . On July, 2004, the Soribada website was renewed to become a P2P search portal. It also opened its paid MP3# service in December 2004. Now they have also released the programs Soribadaman, and Filebada.Soribada is still the most widely-used P2P system in Korea. The most recent version of Soribada is Soribada 6, which is downloadable at their website.
Charges of 2002Edit
Soribada was indicted on copyright infringement charges for the first time.
Soribada 2.0 allowed users to swap files without having to cross through a centralized server. This was made as a reply to the threat against prosecution. KAPP responded to this by suing the individual internet users themselves instead of the developers. Yang Jung-hwan responded to this approach by saying, “In a situation where voluminous e-mail services handling over 100MB are being sustained, netizens will find other ways to share music files even with Soribada out of the market.”
From December 2004 to June 2005, Soribada sold nearly 5 million songs through its servers. Searches returned both tracks for sale and free downloads, with the first appearing higher on search results.
Service stopped: September 2005Edit
Upon being sued again, Soribada stopped its service in 2005. Yang Jung-hwan and his brother Il-hwan, the creators of Soribada, faced criminal charges in January 2005. A complete shutdown of Soribada has been ordered by the Seoul High Court which ruled that the site has encouraged users to commit copyright violations.
Soribada Inc. settled with record labels and copyright owners in early 2006, and it turned into a commercial service in July 2006. Soribada 5.0 is the third P2P service in the world that has become commercialized without hurting a P2P experience. The first is Monkey3; another music P2P service in Korea. The second is imesh, a p2p service in United States. Soribada 5.0 was launched in July 2006 as 3,000 Won (approximated 3 US dollars) monthly subscription service, and the subscription fee was later raised to 4,000 Won. Paying subscriber can download tracks in mp3 format without any DRM so subscribers are free to burn CDs and transfer them to portable devices.
Soribada 5.0 utilizes audio fingerprint technology to identify tracks, and unlicensed works are filtered out using this technology.
Soribada claims that it covers around 90% tracks that have been released in Korea. As of January 2008, Soribada is the second largest music service provider in Korea marking 700,000 paying subscribers.
- Court orders Soribada to shut down its P2P service (2002)
- Court Blocks Free File-Sharing Services (2005)