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  • Axel Springer Takes "Blockr" to Court


    Axel Springer of Germany which owns newspapers such as Bild and Die Welt is pursuing legal action against the developers of the iOS 9 ad blocker named Blockr. The company’s subsidiary, WeltN24, is looking to not only halt the development of the app but is also looking to stop the distribution of the app according to the folks over at TechCrunch. For those of you who didn’t know, Blockr strips ads from both the desktop and mobile renderings of Die Welt’s website, among many others.

    Lawyers for Blockr in a hearing on November 19 argued that their software is legal and optional – a stance which was backed by the court. At the hearing, the court suggested that Axel Springer has alternate ways of fighting ad blockers such as halting access to a site when the software is detected, a move which Axel Springer used to employ previously. A final ruling on the matter is scheduled for December 10.

    You probably already know that many websites and publishers have become concerned about ad blockers since the bulk of their revenue tends to come from advertising. The issue only got worse this fall thanks to Apple’s support with third-party blockers with Safari View Controller in iOS 9. Supporters of blockers note that many ads are just getting too intrusive and in some cases even harming device performance, the ad blockers can just help combat adware and malware.

    Source: iTunes (Blockr) via TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Axel Springer Takes "Blockr" to Court started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Lawrence Coleman's Avatar
      Lawrence Coleman -
      Firstly, this works. If you find websites don't work, that's because websites are now configuring their content to break if ads are blocked or if they detect a user is using an ad blocker. I am glad Blockr does not sell out and allow certain ads in.
    1. vitaminme's Avatar
      vitaminme -
      Stupid ads seriously screws your browsing experience. Ad Blockers works like charm.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      If Springer can sue Blockr for stopping ads from showing maybe Blockr should countersue them for showing ads? It is just as silly so why not?
    1. Bender1031's Avatar
      Bender1031 -
      What's the best ad blocker for iPhone?
    1. bbrks's Avatar
      bbrks -
      My guess would be AdBlocker2 you can find on Cydia.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bender1031 View Post
      What's the best ad blocker for iPhone?
      Purify. Haven't seen an ad in months on my iPhone.
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      I second purify. Thing's a beast. Modmyi ain't gettin no adfare from me.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nuff Said View Post
      I second purify. Thing's a beast. Modmyi ain't gettin no adfare from me.
      I use mmi app and purchased "no ads" iap for $3.
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      1blocker or purify. I personally am using 1blocker because it gives a bit more control.