German Supreme Court rules in favour of Adblock Plus

Marco Green
April 21, 2018

The following year, Axel Springer appealed; it lost, but was granted an exception to an Adblock Plus rule that says larger entities have to pay a fee to get ads that meet certain criteria whitelisted-meaning that, although Axel Springer is a large company that "owns a majority of the daily newspapers in Germany", it wouldn't have to pay. "We are excited that Germany's highest court upheld the right every internet citizen possesses to block unwanted advertising online", Adblock Plus said after the court's decision. This case had already been tried in the Cologne Regional Court, then in the Regional Court of Appeals, also in Cologne - with similar results.

Germany's supreme court has rejected a legal case that sought to stop people using the popular Adblock Plus program that removes ads from websites. The "crucial" factor which had animated the judges to rule in favor of Eyeo was that the plaintiff was still "capable of defending itself against ad-blockers", by revoking the access of users who relied on the technology to Axel Springer websites.

However, the Supreme Court has now overturned that decision.

Adblock Plus is an open source project that aims to rid the Internet of annoying and intrusive online advertising. This has prompted users to download and install ad blockers that prevent ads from showing up. Users across the world have downloaded Adblock Plus over 500 million times, and it has remained the most downloaded and the most used extension nearly continuously since November 2006. PC Magazine named the extension as one of the best free Google Chrome extensions, and it received readers' choice award for best privacy/security add-on.

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