Axel Springer Publishing lost copyright infringement lawsuit against Eyeo GmbH, which created Adblock Plus. The German media group, which publishes various newspapers and magazines, claimed that the ad blocker interferes with the display of web pages in browsers, and also changes the code of sites, thus gaining direct access to legally protected data, thereby violating copyright law.
In a ruling released on Friday, the court ruled that the creators of Adblock Plus did not infringe Axel Springer’s rights. The court decided that the plugin does not change the site code, it only changes the structure of their display. In response, the creators of Adblock posted a message that they are pleased with “an important victory for a free and secure Internet.”