Court rules in favour of software that blocks adverts
The internet, as you know, is full of adverts. Websites absolutely need them to pay for themselves. However, should you be forced to look at them?
Well, you'll also know that you can get software that blocks pop-ups and other ads, allowing you to read articles without being shrieked at by a loans company or an eye-melting animating thing telling you that you've won a prize.
Over in Germany, a group of media companies took AdBlock Plus to court. They said it was threatening their business and that the whole thing is anti-competitive and, of course, they wanted it to be shut down.
However, much to the dismay of the media outlets, a court ruled in favour of allowing people to continue to block ads.
"Now that the legalities are out of the way, we want to reach out to other publishers and advertisers and content creators and encourage them to work with Adblock Plus rather than against us," said AdBlock's project manager, Ben Williams. It makes sense that, instead of spending all their time fighting someone, it'd be more fruitful to work out another way of doing things, right?
Well, this is media and if there's something that the media hates, it is change. Instead of working with AdBlock, the group immediately put an appeal in and they'll continue to fight AdBlock. Their business can't be under threat too much, if they can afford to keep forking out for expensive legal cases.
The group said: "We are still convinced that AdBlock Plus is an illegal and anti-competitive practice." They added that they feel the blocking of adverts "infringes" on the freedom of the press and will "examine the prospects" of an appeal.