Ministry of Sound stops chasing filesharers after BT deletes details

The Ministry of Sound has been forced to discontinue chasing thousands of alleged illegal file sharers after telecoms giant BT erased most of the data demanded by the solicitors for the record label.

The record label Ministry of Sound had been pressurizing BT to hand over subscriber data from gathered IP addresses to identify music pirates. Solicitors for the record label would then have contacted identified music pirates and offered them an opportunity to settle a case to avoid going to court.

But, the telecoms company delayed providing solicitors with subscribers' details as it was demanding to know exactly how the subscribers' information would be used and stored.

In the course of time, BT deleted more than 80 per cent of the subscribers' information that the solicitors for the record label were seeking. Ministry of Sound's solicitors accused BT of deleting 20,000 of the 25,000 requested subscribers' details.

The music company said it would not worth the cost to pursue only 5,000 alleged file sharers, so it decided put an end to the pirate chase.

On the other hand, BT said that it was merely complying with data retention policies.

Clearing its stance, BT said in a statement, "All such information is automatically deleted from our systems after 90 days in accordance with our data retention policy."

Several Brits have criticized the anti-piracy actions, claiming they had been inaccurately targeted in such cases.