31 May '15, 1pm

A Second German Court Rules AdBlock Software is not illegal

One month after a German court ruled online ad-blocking technology is perfectly fine, a second legal challenge has now arrived at the exact same conclusion. Back in April, a court in Hamburg ruled that blocking advertisements was legal following a four-month trial on charges brought against Eyeo — the parent company of popular ad-blocking tool Adblock Plus — by German publishers Zeit Online and Handelsblatt. That case has helped set a legal precedent, it seems, because German broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL have now lost a similar court battle against Eyeo, reported the Guardian . A statement issued by a regional court in Munich said that the Adblock Plus software “was not anti-competitive,” as the media companies had claimed, because users had actively chose to install the software. Moreover, the uptake of the software was not sufficient to prevent publishers from fin...

Full article: http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/31/a-second-german-cour...

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