German court rejects ad-block challenge

In Germany, the Supreme court rejected a legal case, trying to prevent people from using the popular Adblock Plus program that removes the advertisements from websites.

The lawsuit was started three years ago, the German publishing giant, Axel Springer.

It is claimed, to see that the way of Adblock Plus stopped people from advertising on its pages amounted to unfair competition.

Axel Springer said it would continue its legal challenge by taking the issue to Germany, the Federal constitutional court.Free Speech

Adblock Plus is widely used to stop intrusive pop-up ads and limit tracking websites, where people online. Adblock Plus Creator Aigaio, which was downloaded with seat in Cologne, the claims of the PC version of the software, more than 400 million times.

The German publisher, first complained about Adblock Plus in the year 2015, claiming that there is competition broke protected by the company’s numbers to be blocked on a “white list” to stop their advertising. She took the case to the Supreme court after losing in the first round of legal action in the year 2015.

Other German media company, launched the legal action, said the simple blocking of advertising is a violation of the local laws that promote competition.

The Supreme court disagreed with the Springer allegations and said, were broken no laws, because it was up to the individual user, whether the software.

A lower court overturned a decision that forced European year to the white list a little advertising for free.

European year, welcomed the decision and said in a statement it was “delighted that Germany’s highest court, the law confirmed every internet citizen has to block unwanted online advertising”.

After the verdict, Claas-Hendrick Soehring, Springer, head of media law, said the judgment was “an attack on the heart of the free media”.