AdBlock Plus Makes Another Court Victory in Germany
RTL and ProSiebenSat1, German broadcasters, lost a court case today in a Munich court, with AdBlock Plus securing another court victory.
Eyeo owned online ad-blocking service AdBlock Plus provides the service for free. It prevents ads, that have not been given permission by the user, to appear on the website. Ben Williams, a spokesperson for Eyeo told BBC that the company has been legally attacked now for the fourth time. Despite broadcasters blaming the company, the court took AdBlock’s side making users’ Internet experience better.
Ben Williams, a spokesman for the German company, told the BBC:
Just by nature of the people involved and the amount of claims that they had. This is the fourth time that massive publishers have brought legal proceedings against our start-up. Thankfully, the court sided with users and with compromise.
So, we’re pleased to say that Adblock Plus will continue to provide users with a tool that helps them control their internet experience. At the same time we will endeavour to work with publishers, advertisers and content creators to encourage non-intrusive ads, discover new ways to make ads better and press forward to a more sustainable internet ecosystem.
In response to what AdBlock said and about the court’s proceedings, RTL said that they plan on making another appeal and they are currently assessing the situation.
We are weighing a possible course of action against the ruling and assessing the prospects of an appeal.
Last month, Die Zeit and Handelsblatt, two German publishers, were defeated by AdBlock Plus in a court in Hamburg. Axel Springer, another local publisher is also in line and has filed a case against AdBlock Plus. Although AdBlock offers a ‘White List’, which allows few of the ads to make it through the filters.
However, there is certain criterion for that. The ad must not have any sort of sound or animation, it cannot cover the content and can’t be a pop-up.