Ministry of Sound Gives Up on Illegal Downloader Battle

The Ministry of Sound has been forced to abandon its legal action against net users who are alleged to have downloaded copyrighted material.

You may remember at the start of last month, Anonymous, the activist group which has set up in opposition to the anti-piracy lobby, downed both the record label's website and their solicitors Gallant MacMillan for quite some time protesting against said action.

But it's BT that has ultimately thrown a spanner in the works, as the company has deleted 80% of the user details which the Ministry of Sound requested to pursue through the courts.

This was after BT got the case adjourned last month, as it wanted assurances that the file-sharing allegations had at least some basis, and that the customer data it handed over would be stored securely.

However, BT operates a 90 day data retention policy, and as that time was up, it deleted the majority, some 20,000 of the customer details the record label wanted.

As a result, the Ministry of Sound said it made "no economic sense to continue with this application." However, the label has vowed it will continue to pursue illegal downloaders, and will be contacting other ISPs in due course.

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