“German media giant Axel Springer, which operates top European newspapers like Bild and Die Welt, and who recently bought a controlling stake in Business Insider for $343 million, has a history of fighting back against ad-blocking software that threatens its publications’ business models,” Sarah Perez reports for TechCrunch.
“Now, it’s taking that fight to mobile ad blockers, too,” Perez reports. “According to the makers of the iOS content blocker dubbed ‘Blockr,’ which is one of several new iOS 9 applications that allow users to block ads and other content that slows down web browsing, Axel Springer’s WELTN24 subsidiary took them to court in an attempt to stop the development and distribution of the Blockr software.”
“Blockr’s lawyers argued in a hearing on November 19 that its software is legal and should be allowed to continue, and that it’s the user’s choice to use an ad blocker. In the hearing, the court seemed to agree with the startup, and pointed out that Axel Springer has other options for handling how it wants to deal with ad blockers. For example, it could re-use its prior tactics that involve locking out users from a website when it detects that the visitor is using ad blocking software,” Perez reports. “The final ruling, however, is not until December 10.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: This is just another part of the larger advertising/ad-blocking kerfuffle.
It’s all welcome discourse since the quicker the shit hits the fan, the quicker the solutions to a largely broken system will arise.
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