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Record label abandons net piracy cases after BT deletes data

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 03 Nov 2010 19:10 User comments (3)

Record label abandons net piracy cases after BT deletes data The Ministry of Sound has been forced to abandon targeting thousands of alleged music pirates in the UK after BT deleted most of the data it was seeking.
Solicitors for the record label had been trying to force BT to hand over subscriber information from gathered IP addresses to identify music sharers. Those users would then be contacted and offered a chance to settle a case to avoid going to court.

BT had delayed handing over subscribers details as it demanded to know exactly how the user information would be used and stored. However, BT has since deleted over 80 percent of the data that the solicitors were seeking. Ministry of Sound's solicitors said that BT had deleted 20,000 of the 25,000 requested details. The ISP says it was only complying with data retention policies.

"The Ministry of Sound and its solicitors are well aware of this," said a spokesperson for BT. "Upon request from Ministry of Sound, we saved as much of the specific data sought as we reasonably could and any not preserved must have been too old."

Despite the setback, Ministry of Sound says it remains committed to targeting uploaders of its music on file sharing networks. "We will be making further applications for information from all ISPs," Ministry of Sound CEO Lohan Presencer said.

The anti-piracy actions in the UK have drawn much criticism and attention from the public as some Internet users reached out to the BBC and consumer groups saying they had been incorrectly targeted in such cases.

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3 user comments

13.11.2010 19:24

Well well well, who'd a thunk it?
BT actually grew a pair and f**ked off the extortionists.

Kudos.
I will give them some serious consideration next time I am thinking about our TV/phone/net deal.

(especially after Sky sold out their customers to those scumbags)

23.11.2010 19:29

Originally posted by Interestx:
Well well well, who'd a thunk it?
BT actually grew a pair and f**ked off the extortionists.

Kudos.
I will give them some serious consideration next time I am thinking about our TV/phone/net deal.

(especially after Sky sold out their customers to those scumbags)
+1 Even thought they were only continuing on with company policies I'm still glad this didn't bend over backwards to hand that private information over.


322.5.2011 4:15

The sad part here is that BT and their customers would have born the cost of this fishing expedition, if its data retention policies had not come into play. BT would have had to task someone to provide this information, who could have otherwise been doing something directly beneficial to the company.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 May 2011 @ 4:16

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