The Ministry of Sound has been forced to abandon plans to pursue alleged internet filesharers.
The unprecedented move came after BT deleted more than 80 per cent of data related to alleged filesharers in order to adhere to its data retention policy.
The company announced that, as per its policies, it was mandated to delete consumer data after 90 days and so had deleted 20,000 out of the 25,000 details it had been asked to provide, prompting the music label to drop the litigation.
BT had previously delayed handing over the data to the Ministry of Sound as it wanted to determine whether the consumer data would be safe or not with the law firm representing the music label.
Ministry of Sound CEO Lohan Presencer, said in a statement to BBC News: “Given that less than 20 per cent of the names remain and BT costs have soared from a few thousand pounds to several hundred thousand pounds, it makes no economic sense to continue with this application.”
BT was one of three UK ISPs that had been requested by the Ministry of Sound to hand-over the details of alleged filesharers.